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7.0-Quake Hits Pacific Ocean Off Japan, Russia; No Damage

April 18, 2013

By The Associated Press

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TOKYO - A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in seas off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia on Friday, but no damage was expected.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said sea changes were possible. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

The tremor struck around midday in the Pacific Ocean at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. The U.S. Geological Survey measured a stronger 7.2 magnitude.

Japan and Russia both claim some of the sparsely populated islands in the remote region.

The epicenter was 160 miles east-northeast of Kuril`sk, Russia, and 328 miles northeast of Nemuro, Japan.

The nearest land is the volcanic islands of Urup, Iturup and Sumushir. Hokkaido officials said the islands were not under Japanese control.

The area is about 930 miles northeast of Tokyo.

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