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Strong magnitude 6.0 quake hits off northern Japan

Published on Aug 10, 2014 12:27 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Japan on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but Japanese authorities did not issue a tsunami warning and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake struck at 12.43 pm (0343 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean off Japan's northern Aomori prefecture at a depth of 37 kilometres, the US agency said. Aomori prefecture is some 600 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.

Japan's islands are situated at the conjuncture of several tectonic plates and experience a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

But, thanks to strict building codes, even powerful quakes that might wreak havoc in other countries frequently pass without causing much damage.

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