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(Update 4) Strong Quake Hits Japan's Ishikawa Pref.; Tsunami Unlikely

(Update 4) Strong Quake Hits Japan's Ishikawa Pref.; Tsunami Unlikely

   Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--A powerful earthquake jolted the central Japan prefecture of Ishikawa on Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
   The temblor struck around 3:08 p.m. (6:08 a.m. GMT), measuring lower 6, the third-highest level on Japan's seismic intensity scale, in the Ishikawa city of Suzu, located in the Noto Peninsula, according to the agency.
   The quake, with an estimated magnitude of 5.4, occurred at a depth of about 13 kilometers in the Noto area in the prefecture, part of the Hokuriku central Japan region, the agency said, adding that it is unlikely to cause a tsunami.
   The earthquake registered lower 5 on the Japanese scale in the Ishikawa town of Noto and 4 in the city of Wajima in the prefecture. The two municipalities are also in the peninsula.
   No abnormalities have been confirmed at the idled No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Hokuriku Electric Power Co.'s <9505> Shika nuclear power plant in the town of Shika in Ishikawa, according to the company.

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