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5.6 quake shakes Japan, no tsunami risk

/ 07:04 AM November 24, 2016
Japan's Meteorological Agency official Koji Nakamura gives a briefing following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the country's northeast, in Tokyo on November 22, 2016.    A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan on November 22, triggering tsunami warnings and sending a one-metre (3.3-foot) wave to the coast at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT

Japan’s Meteorological Agency official Koji Nakamura points to the area struck by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the country’s northeast, in Tokyo on November 22, 2016. A new 5.6-magnitude temblor hit the same general area early Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. AFP

TOKYO, Japan — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan early Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, two days after a powerful tremor triggered a tsunami near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

There were no risks of seismic waves or immediate reports of damage from Thursday’s quake, which struck at 6:23 am (2123 GMT) off Fukushima prefecture some 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Tokyo, Japanese authorities said.

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The quake did not cause any fresh problems at the Fukushima facilities, public broadcaster NHK cited the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power as saying.

READ: 3-foot-high tsunami recorded after strong quake in Japan

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The early-morning jolt followed Tuesday’s powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake which sparked panic and triggered a tsunami including a one-meter (three-foot) wave that crashed ashore at the Fukushima plant.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barreling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

In April, two strong earthquakes hit southern Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture followed by more than 1,700 aftershocks, leaving at least 50 dead and causing widespread damage. CBB

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