4.4 magnitude earthquake rocks northern Kanto

An earthquake with estimated magnitude of 4.4 occurred at a depth of about 50 kilometers in the southern part of Tochigi Prefecture at around 2:58 p.m. Friday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

No tsunami is feared following the earthquake, agency officials said.

The quake measured 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale in Utsunomiya, Tochigi City and other areas.