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6.6 earthquake rocks western Japan but poses no tsunami danger

6.6 earthquake rocks western Japan but poses no tsunami danger
Tombstones lie scattered at a cemetery after an earthquake hit Kurayoshi, Tottori prefecture, in western Japan. (Kyodo News via AP)

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck western Japan on Friday, toppling shelves and knocking out power to thousands of homes. There was no risk of a tsunami.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan about 430 miles west of Tokyo. The epicenter was at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles.

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Television footage showed scattered damage: roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor. Japan's public broadcaster NHK said a woman cooking in a restaurant was taken to a hospital after she was splashed with oil.

"It shook quite violently and file cabinets fell down, but luckily nobody was injured in this office," Koji Nakahara, a town hall official in coastal Hokuei, told NHK by telephone.

The earthquake caused temporary blackouts at about 32,000 homes, according to Chubu Electric Power Co., a regional utility.

The meteorological agency said there was no danger of a tsunami from the inland temblor.

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UPDATES:

11:45 p.m.: Updated with reports of minor damage.

This article was first published at 10:25 p.m.

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