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Earthquake hits Japan, measured 6.9 magnitude

Earthquake in Japan - File Photo

Earthquake in Japan – File Photo

The Meteorological Agency said, A strong earthquake measured 6.9 magnitude struck wide areas of north-eastern and eastern Japan on Wednesday.

The Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 9.19 a.m. (5.49 a.m. IST), and was centred off Torishima, 600 km south of Tokyo, at a depth of 400 km. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Despite the remoteness of the epicentre, tremors were felt from the north of the main island of Honshu to the west. In Tokyo, buildings swayed for several moments. The national broadcaster NHK said some train lines stopped briefly for safety checks as a precaution. No tsunami alert was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.5 and said it was 404 km deep.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said no abnormalities were reported at Fukushima and two other nuclear plants in northern Japan that were shaken by Wednesday morning’s quake.

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