1st LD Writethru: 5.3-magnitude quake strikes off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued

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TOKYO, May 19 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake of 5.3 magnitude struck off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday, the weather agency here said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, which occurred at 12:17 p.m. local time, was centered offshore, with its epicenter at a latitude of 37.5 degrees north and a longitude of 141.5 degrees east, and at depth of 50 km.

The weather agency has not issued a tsunami warning or advisory as a result of the offshore quake.

The earthquake logged 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in some areas of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, the JMA said.

In the neighboring prefectures of Miyagi, the quake also registered 3 on Japan's seismic scale, said the JMA.

There have been no immediate reports of major damage or injuries as a result of the quake.

Japan's nuclear watchdog has not, as yet, issued any warning about irregularities or abnormalities at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, or the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture. Enditem

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