Earthquake hits Western Japan, 5 injured

Aftermath of the earthquake which struck Japan back in October 2013. Photo: Aavtar Singh / Flickr
Aftermath of the earthquake which struck Japan back in October 2013. Photo: Aavtar Singh / Flickr

TOKYO — A strong earthquake in western Japan has cracked streets, cut water and power to a number of homes and caused slight injuries to five people.

The Meteorological Agency said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck early Monday 12 kilometers (7 miles) underground near Ohda city, about 800 kilometers (480 miles) west of Tokyo.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said five people sustained minor injuries, but none was life-threatening.

The quake also rattled nearby Izumo, home to one of Japan’s most influential Shinto shrines. No damage was reported at the shrine.

The agency said roads were cracked in some locations, more than 1,000 households have lost water supply and dozens of homes were without electricity.

There was no danger of a tsunami.