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An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.6 hit wide areas of Kyushu and parts of western Japan on Monday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency said.

The quake struck at around 1:36 p.m., registering a lower-5 mark on the Japanese intensity scale of 7.

The focus of the quake was estimated at about 30 km below the seabed off Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, the agency said.

The quake registered an intensity of 4 in the towns of Ikata and Akehama in Ehime Prefecture and in the town of Soyo in Kumamoto Prefecture, among other areas, it said.

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