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Strong Quake Strikes Northern Japan

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    Sunday December 2 9:58 AM ET Strong Quake Strikes Northern Japan TOKYO (AP) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck the northern tip of Japan s
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      Sunday December 2 9:58 AM ET
      Strong Quake Strikes Northern Japan

      TOKYO (AP) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck the
      northern tip of Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday, but there
      were no reports of injuries or damage in the sparsely populated
      region near the epicenter, authorities said.

      Bullet train traffic in northern Honshu was suspended due to the
      tremor, according to national broadcaster NHK. But local power
      companies reported that nuclear reactors in the region were
      functioning normally after the quake, according to Kyodo News agency.

      The Meteorological Agency said the quake, which occurred at 10:02
      p.m., was centered some 80 miles underground in Iwate state, about
      280 miles north of Tokyo.

      An earthquake of magnitude 5 or higher can cause considerable damage
      when centered under heavily populated areas, and the temblor shook
      some buildings in the capital.

      People in some areas were shaken from side to side and had to grab
      tables or other objects to keep from falling down, NHK reported.

      Masashi Sasaki, a clerk at a convenience store in the northern city
      of Sendai, called the quake ``scary'' but said there was no damage to
      his store or other buildings in the area.

      A highway in Aomori state, just north of the epicenter, was closed
      for inspection, a local police official on condition of anonymity.

      He said there was no other known damage but that it was too early to
      determine the earthquake's effects.

      There was no danger of a tsunami, the Meteorological Agency said.
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