6.3-magnitude quake strikes western Japan

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JAPAN – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook western Japan early Friday morning while people were still asleep.

The quake hit beneath the sea of Japan just after 2 a.m. local time.

Parts of western Japan felt shaking at 5+ on the Japanese intensity scale.

That’s enough to cause concrete walls to collapse.

Japan’s NTV reports 19 people were injured, over six prefectures as well as busted water mains and landslides on Shikoku Island.

Shikoku electric says, “It’s Ikata Nuclear Plant registered shaking of 5-, but that checks showed the plant was unharmed.”

Japan’s local meteorological agency says there was no link between today’s quake and a giant earthquake predicted to hit the Nankai trough.

Officials have warned about the likely-hood of continued aftershocks over the next week.

The quake comes just three days after the third anniversary of Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake and Tsunami.