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(Update 2) Strong Quake Jolts Tokyo Area, Hurting over 30

(Update 2) Strong Quake Jolts Tokyo Area, Hurting over 30

   Tokyo, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)--A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.9 rocked the Tokyo metropolitan area on Thursday night, leaving more than 30 people injured and causing traffic disruptions that lasted into Friday morning.
   The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday morning that at least 32 people were injured in Tokyo and four other prefectures, including three with seriously injuries.
   The quake measured upper 5, the fourth-highest level on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of zero to 7, in Tokyo's Adachi Ward, and the city of Kawaguchi and the town of Miyashiro, both Saitama Prefecture, north of the Japanese capital, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. No tsunami was caused by the quake.
   It was the first time since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that a reading of upper 5 was registered in any of central Tokyo's densely populated 23 wards.
   The temblor occurred around 10:41 p.m. (1:41 p.m. GMT) at a depth of 75 kilometers in a northwestern part of Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the agency said.

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