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Magnitude 6.6 quake hit Japan


 japan quakeA magnitude of 6.6 quake struck the eastern coast of Japan on Sunday. The earthquake happened at 5:08 p.m. and was felt strongly in central Fukushima about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Fortunately, no casualties were recorded, only causing light damage to structures along the epicenter.  The quake centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the eastern coast at a depth of about 25 miles (40 kilometers), the meteorological agency said.

The government assured that there was no danger of a possible tsunami, though minor changes to ocean levels can happen. Because of the early warning system they have, Japan detected the earthquake just before it hit the country.

Japan is an earthquake prone country. A magnitude of 7.2 quake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people in 1995.