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Major quake rattles Kumamoto in southern Japan

An image captured from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the epicenter of a Jan. 26, 2019 earthquake in Kumamoto Prefecture, southern Japan.

TOKYO -- An earthquake measuring up to a lower 5 on the 7-point Japanese seismic scale hit Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan at around 2:16 p.m. on Jan. 26, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. There are no fears of tsunami due to the quake.

The epicenter of the magnitude-4.4 tremor was in the Kumamoto region at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

The town of Nagomi, which had experienced a major temblor on Jan. 3, felt a quake registering a lower 5 on the Japanese scale, and the town of Gyokuto and the city of Yamaga saw tremors measuring 4.

(The Mainichi)

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