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Japan: 5.9 earthquake hits Fukushima coast, no tsunami

The epicenter of the 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled buildings in Tokyo but did not appear to cause any major damage in Japan.

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A US Geological Survey map shows the epicenter of a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck off the northeast coast of Japan on May 18, 2013. (US Geological Survey/Courtesy)

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit the northeast coast of Japan on Saturday.

No major damage was reported and no tsunami warning was issued, Reuters reported.

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However, the quake was strong enough to shake buildings in Tokyo, and the epicenter was close to the Fukushima coastline ravaged by an epic earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

“We have received no reports of damage so far,” an official at Fukushima Prefecture told AFP.

Neighboring Miyagi prefecture also had no reports of damage, a Miyagi official said. 

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The quake struck at 2:48 p.m. local time at a depth of 20.5 miles in the Pacific, according to the US Geological Survey.

In March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 quake triggered a tsunami and killed at least 16,000 people, causing a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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