An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 struck Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture in the central part of Southwestern Kyushu Island yesterday.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries as a result of the inland quake and no tsunami warning issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

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. 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.

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