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4.9-magnitude earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima

TOKYO (XINHUA) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 yesterday struck off the northeastern Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, said the country’s weather agency.
The temblor occurred at around 12.12pm at a depth of 50 kilometres, measuring four on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of seven in Fukushima, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said, adding that there was no threat of a tsunami.
The epicentre was located at a latitude of 37.1 degrees north and a longitude of 141.2 degrees east.
Tremors were also felt in the prefectures of Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi.
No new abnormalities were reported at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant following the quake, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company, the plants’ operator.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

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