Magnitude 6 quake hits south Japan, utilities checking nuke plants via Reuters

An earthquake of magnitude 6 hit southern Japan on Thursday, shaking buildings and leading to the suspension of some train services as a precaution, but there were no immediate reports of any serious damage, injuries or of a tsunami.

The quake struck 11 km (7 miles) east of the city of Kumamoto, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It initially said the magnitude was 6.2 but revised it down. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the quake registered 6.4.

“We intend to do the utmost to grasp the situation,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters. “I’m now planning to hear what we have gathered on the situation.”

Kyushu Electric Co said it was checking conditions at its Genkai and Sendai nuclear plants.

There were no irregularities at the Genkai or Sendai nuclear plants, which are on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, or at the Ikata plant on nearby Shikkoku, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Some high-speed trains were halted as a precaution.

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