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Big quake rattles Tokyo; no tsunami warning issued

Published on May 5, 2014 5:50 AM
 
Pedestrians walk in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on May 2, 2014. A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo early Monday, seismologists and AFP reporters said, but officials stressed there was no risk of a tsunami. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) - A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo early Monday, seismologists and AFP reporters said, 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.

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

The epicentre of the quake – which hit at 5.18am (6.18am Singapore time) – was near Izu Oshima island south-west of central Tokyo, the Japanese meteorological agency said.

 
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