Strong quake rocks central Japan

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A strong earthquake rocked central Japan Friday morning, registering up to lower 5, the fifth-highest level on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, in Yamanashi Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake, with an estimated magnitude of 4.9, occurred around 6:37 a.m. (9:37 p.m. Thursday GMT).

The temblor, traced to a depth of around 20 kilometers in the Fuji Goko region of Yamanashi, measured lower 5 in Otsuki in the prefecture.