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Moderate 5.6 quake hits northern Japan

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:35 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage, as a powerful typhoon lashed the country's far south.

The epicentre of the quake was located inland of northernmost Hokkaido at a depth of 37km, close to the region's capital city Sapporo.

The Japan Meteorological Agency put the quake's strength slightly higher at 5.8 magnitude, adding that there was no risk of a tsunami.

Powerful typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands Tuesday, forcing more than half a million people to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt.

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