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Two injured after 5.8-magnitude quake hits Japan

XINHUA – Two were injured after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Aomori prefecture, Japanese authorities reported.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor occurred at a depth of 50 kilometres, registering a four on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of seven in several parts of the prefecture.

The temblor’s epicentre was located off the eastern Chiba prefecture at a latitude of 41.2 degrees north and a longitude of 142.3 degrees east, with no threat of a tsunami reported, according to the JMA.

The fire department said that two teenage boys suffered injuries from broken glass during evacuation.

No abnormalities have been detected at the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant, which is currently shut down, and the nuclear waste treatment facility in Aomori prefecture, according to local media reports.