A magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture in the central part of Southwestern Kyushu Island on Thursday,the Meteorological Agency said.
There were no tsunami warning was issued, as filling this report, there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries as a result of the inland quake
Thursday’s earthquake came as many were spending New Year’s holidays in their hometowns or were preparing to return to major cities.
According to the JMA, the temblor, which occurred at 6.10 p.m. local time has its epicenter at a latitude of 33.0 degrees north and a longitude of 130.6 degrees east.
Local municipalities as well as police and firefighters scrambled to gauge the impact of the quake.
The quake originated at a depth of 10 km, the JMA also said, adding that the powerful earthquake logged lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale and peaked at 7 in some areas of Kumamoto Prefecture.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. said the quake did not cause a power outage in the prefecture.
“The quake was worse than the 2016 quake and I thought that a building would collapse. It was frightening,” said a male shopkeeper in Nagomi.
In nearby areas of Fukuoka, the quake registered 4 on Japan’s seismic scale and 3 in the surrounding prefectures of Saga, Nagasaki, Oita and Miyazaki. A Shinkansen bullet train in the region was forced to make an emergency stop.
Japan’s nuclear watchdog did not issue any warning about irregularities or abnormalities at the Sendai or Genkai nuclear power plants located in Kyushu.