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No tsunami warning was declared on magnitude 6.0 quake that hits Japan

For the second straight day, Japan was hit by a strong earthquake on Saturday. Officials confirmed there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries recorded and no tsunami warning also.

According to US Geological Survey (USGS), a shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan Saturday, 167 kilometers (103 miles) from Miyako city.

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The jolt came one day after a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture, just south of Fukushima.

There was no threat of a tsunami following quake which had a depth of 10 kilometres, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The officials also said that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, battered by a massive 2011 earthquake-generated tsunami and which is currently being decommissioned, has shown no irregularities in radiation levels following yesterday’s jolt.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year, but rigid building codes and their strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.

But the 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.

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

On Friday, magnitude 5.3 undersea earthquake struck Japan off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture, just south of Fukushima, though there were no immediate reports of damages.

The quake struck at about 9:07 pm (1207 GMT) at a depth of some 37 kilometres (23 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

Buildings in Tokyo were shaken by the jolt, but there was no threat of a tsunami from the quake, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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