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Quake jolts southwestern Japan, no tsunami warning issued

Kumamoto Prefecture struck by earthquake on Sunday

Kumamoto Castle, one of the landmarks of Kumamoto Prefecture, was damaged by two massive earthquakes in 2016. (Photo by Kosuke Kondo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan on Sunday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake, which occurred at around 9:44 p.m. with its focus at a depth of around 9 kilometers, registered lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the town of Misato, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage.

Kumamoto experienced devastating quakes in April 2016 which killed over 270 people and destroyed or partially damaged some 43,000 homes in Kumamoto and neighboring Oita prefectures.

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