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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Western Japan

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Houses damaged by an earthquake are seen in Kurayoshi, Tottori prefecture, Japan in this photo released by Kyoto, Oct. 21, 2016.

Houses damaged by an earthquake are seen in Kurayoshi, Tottori prefecture, Japan in this photo released by Kyoto, Oct. 21, 2016.

A powerful earthquake has hit western Japan.

The 6.6-magnitude quake with a shallow depth of 10 kilometers struck Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan, Friday afternoon.

The earthquake's severe shaking caused a power outage to tens of thousands of homes.

"It shook quite violently," said Koji Nakahara, a town hall official in coastal Hokuel. There are no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

Meteorologists say there is no danger of a tsunami.

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