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Strong Quake Hits Northern Japan; No Tsunami

February 2, 2013

By The Associated Press

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A strong earthquake has struck Japan`s northern island of Hokkaido, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Japan`s Meteorological Agency says the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and hit at 11:17 p.m. (1417 GMT) Saturday in the Tokachi region in southern Hokkaido, at a depth of 75 miles.

The agency says there is no danger of a tsunami from the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake`s magnitude was 6.9.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK says nearby nuclear power plants, including Tomari and Higashidori, which are currently idled for safety inspections, have reported no abnormalities.

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