Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on April 10 visited a devastated fishing area in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, conducting his third trip to northeastern Japan since a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged the region nearly a month ago.

Speaking to reporters in Ishiomaki, Kan called on the authorities and people to exert more efforts for overcoming the consequences of the twin-natural disaster.

The government will work on constructing 70,000 units of temporary housing for the time being for evacuees in the disaster zone, he added

Earlier on April 9, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda visited the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima prefecture, becoming the first Cabinet official to the nuke plant since it was rocked by explosions and began emitting radioactive materials shortly after the March 11 quake and tsunami.

Also later the same day, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Kyushu prefecture, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake hit at 21:57 Japan time. Its epicenter was in a depth of 21 km.

There were no reports of casualties or damage and no tsunami issued./.