Strong earthquake shakes central Japan, injuries reported

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(CNN) — A strong earthquake shook central Japan’s Nagano region on Saturday night, injuring several people and collapsing a building in area village, the country’s Kyodo News Agency reported, citing firefighters.

Reports of the intensity of the quake, centered in the Nagano area at 10:08 p.m., differed. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported it was a 6.8 magnitude temblor; the U.S. Geological Survey said it was magnitude 6.2.

The Nagano fire department said several people were injured, Kyodo News Agency reported. Details about the injuries weren’t immediately available.

About 30 kilometers west of Nagano, a building had collapsed in the village of Hakuba, a firefighter told the news agency.

No electric facilities, including nuclear power plants, were damaged, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said via Twitter Saturday.

The USGS’s online ShakeMap estimated strong shaking would have been felt near the epicenter, with a potential for light damage.

Aftershocks followed the main quake Saturday night, including one measured at magnitude 4.1, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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