A strong earthquake struck the Tokyo area Friday afternoon, shaking high-rise buildings for about 15 seconds and halting trains and subways. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale and was one of the strongest of more than 12,000 temblors that have struck eastern Japan since July 26.The National Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 2:15 p.m. and was centered 43 miles below ground in southern Chiba prefecture southeast of the capital.

An earthquake on July 31 centered about 60 miles southwest of the latest temblor had a reading of 5.4 on the Richter Scale, but also caused no damage or injuries.