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An earthquake preliminarily measured at 5.6 magnitude has hit off the Japanese coast, just north of Tokyo, Japanese national broadcaster NHK reports.

Local news outlets say the quake was felt in the Saitama and Tokyo areas, with buildings swaying.

Metro operations were briefly suspended on all routes in Tokyo, but services restarted four minutes later.

An elevator maintenance firm in Tokyo said several elevators stopped in the metropolitan area due to the quake with commuters asked to “use emergency buttons,” according to NHK.

TASS news agency reports that books fell from shelves and furniture shook at its headquarters in Tokyo.

A 5.6 quake is considered strong according to the Japanese 7-point scale. NHK reports there was no immediate tsunami warning, however.

Japan Nuclear Power Association says a reactor at Tokai Nuclear Plant in Tokai village has "suspended operation" due to the quake. Tokyo Electric Power reports no incidents at the plant.

The Japanese meteorological society confirmed the reports of a 5.6 strong earthquake. It said the epicenter of the shocks was in the prefecture of Ibaraki.

No information of devastation or casualties has been reported from the Ibaraki prefecture.

Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey reports a 5.4 earthquake some 6 kilometers west of Iwai.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Epicenter of the earthquake is Ibaraki Prefecture Omitama city.depth of earthquake about 40 kilometers and magnitude of earthquake is 5, 6.

▽ seismic intensity 4 in Mito, Urawa Ward, Saitama City, Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture Shimotsuke, etc.

No tsunami warning issued ..
Updates coming soon...

茨城県南部震源の地震、小美玉市で震度5弱

 16日午後9時23分頃、茨城県南部を震源とする地震があり、茨城県小美玉市で震度5弱を観測した。

 気象庁によると、震源の深さは約40キロ、地震の規模を示すマグニチュードは5・6と推定される。

 各地の主な震度は次の通り。

 ▽震度5弱 茨城県小美玉市

 ▽震度4 水戸市、さいたま市浦和区、千葉県松戸市、栃木県下野市

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