Quake Hits Southern Japan -
No Damage Reported


TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the open-ended Richter scale struck Japan's southern main island of Kyushu on Monday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake, which struck at 1.36 p.m. (0436 GMT), was centred in the Pacific Ocean off Oita Prefecture, about 800 km (500 miles) southwest of Tokyo.
Authorities in the hot springs resort of Oita said the there were no reports of damage or casualties caused by the quake.
"There has been no disruption in local rail and road traffic," said an Oita city official. The Meteorological Agency said there was no concern about the quake triggering a "tsunami", or tidal wave.
Japan sits atop the junction of at least three tectonic plates, immense slabs of the earth's crust whose gradual movements are thought to cause earthquakes, making it one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions.
In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when a quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit western Japan.


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