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(Update 2) Strong Quake Hits Central Japan

(Update 2) Strong Quake Hits Central Japan

   Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.8 hit central Japan Saturday night, injuring several people in Nagano Prefecture.
   A total of seven people were injured in the village of Hakuba and the city of Nagano, according to the National Police Agency. A report from a local hospital put the number of injuries at about 20, including three seriously.
   The temblor, which struck around 10:08 p.m. (1:08 p.m. GMT), measured lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the city of Nagano as well as the villages of Otari and Ogawa, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
   The focus of the quake was about 10 kilometers below the northern part of the prefecture, according to the agency.
   Another quake occurred around 10:37 p.m., measuring lower 5 on the Japanese scale in Otari.

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