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Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits eastern Japan, no risk of tsunami

Published on Dec 21, 2013 1:39 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan in the early hours of Saturday - causing buildings in Tokyo to shake - but there was no risk of a tsunami, seismologists said.

The 67-kilometre deep quake hit the southern part of Honshu's Ibaraki prefecture, north east of the capital Tokyo, at 01:10 am, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Its epicentre was 35 kilometres from Tokyo and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake, which struck just four kilometres from the city of Abiko, was also recorded by Japan's national weather agency.

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