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5.5-magnitude quake strikes near Japan's east coast: US Geological Survey

Published Dec 31, 2016, 9:56 am IST
Updated Dec 31, 2016, 10:00 am IST
Representational Image. (Photo: File)
 Representational Image. (Photo: File)

Tokyo: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit near Japan’s east coast today, the US Geological Survey said. The moderate quake hit at a shallow depth of 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 244 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, just after 5:00 am (local time).

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year. But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.

On Wednesday a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 18 kilometres north-northeast of the town of Daigo, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

Location: Japan, Tokyo-to, Tokyo


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