World News – A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Monday, setting buildings in the capital swaying but causing no risk of a tsunami, seismologists said.
National broadcaster NHK said there had been no abnormalities detected at nuclear power plants near the epicentre, which was north of Tokyo, where buildings rocked for upwards of half a minute.
The US Geological Survey said the quake had hit at 16:23 (0723 GMT), with its epicentre 57 kilometres (36 miles) north-northeast of Maebashi and around 143 kilometres north-northwest of Tokyo.
The agency said it had struck at a depth of nine kilometres. The Japan Meteorological Agency had earlier put the magnitude at 6.2 Takayuki Fukuda, an official at the Nikko city fire department in Tochigi prefecture, near the epicentre, told AFP by telephone that the quake had rocked the city, a popular spot on the tourist trail.
“It shook vertically for about 10 seconds. Nothing fell from shelves and window glass was not shattered. There was no report of fire and we are preparing to patrol the city,” he said. He said there had been preliminary reports that a wall in the city had tumbled, injuring an unspecified number of people.
NHK said several bullet trains had been temporarily stopped, but service had resumed moments later. Agencies