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New Quake On Separate Faultline Hits Nagano Japan

March 11, 2011

Nikkei.com reports:

TOKYO (Kyodo)–A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 hit an inland area northwest of Tokyo early Saturday, measuring upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Nagano Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency did not issue a tsunami warning. The 3:59 a.m. quake hit areas including Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, which is far from the Pacific coastal area jolted by a magnitude 8.8 quake the previous day.

The focus of the predawn quake was in central Niigata at a depth of 10 kilometers, the agency said.

The quake also measured lower 6 in Niigata but Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it was continuing to operate its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in the prefecture.

Nagano police said they have not received any immediate reports of major damage.

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