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(Update) Strong Quake Jolts Northeastern Japan, Logs Lower 5 Intensity

(Update) Strong Quake Jolts Northeastern Japan, Logs Lower 5 Intensity

   Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 rocked parts of northeastern Japan at around 4:24 a.m. Tuesday.
   The quake registered up to lower 5, the fifth-highest level on Japan's seismic intensity scale, in nine municipalities, including the cities of Hachinohe and Misawa in Aomori Prefecture and the cities of Miyako and Kuji in Iwate Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
   The earthquake occurred at a depth of 71 kilometers in the northern part of the coast of Iwate, the agency said. The temblor caused no tsunami.
   The quake is believed to have occurred inside the Pacific plate, which is sinking below a landward plate, or near a boundary between the two plates.
   The agency called on people to be on alert for tremblors of up to around lower 5 seismic intensity for about a week.

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