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

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

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, which occurred at 1:13 p.m. local time, was centered inland, with its epicenter at a latitude of 36.3 degrees north and a longitude of 137.6 degrees east, and at depth of 10 km.

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

The earthquake logged 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in some areas of Gifu Prefecture, the JMA said.

In the neighboring prefecture of Nagano, 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 any nuclear power stations operating in the region or taken off-line for safety inspections in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis. Enditem

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