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17 injured as big quake rattles Tokyo, no risk of tsunami

Published on May 5, 2014 12:13 PM
Japan Meteorological Agency officer Yohei Hsegawa speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on May 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo early on Monday, lightly injuring 17 people, but officials stressed there was no risk of a tsunami.

Tokyo inhabitants - set to enjoy a national holiday - were woken shortly after dawn by the quake, which jolted the densely-built apartments and office blocks.

Local media said 17 people injured themselves as they stumbled while trying to take cover, with a 74-year-old Tokyo woman dislocating her shoulder.

Some objects fell from shelves and furniture wobbled, an AFP reporter saw.

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