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Natural disasters

M6.6 quake rattles parts of Japan, no tsunami triggered

At least 9 injuries from temblor in southwestern, western areas

A collapsed wall in front of a house in Japan's Oita Prefecture after an earthquake early on Saturday.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 rattled southwestern and western Japan early Saturday, resulting in at least nine injuries amid strong shaking but no tsunami waves were triggered, the weather agency and local authorities said.

The focus of the quake under the Pacific Ocean was within a zone off Japan's coast where it is predicted that a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami could occur in the future. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it will study whether the latest quake is connected in any way with the one predicted.

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