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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Western Japan

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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