6.0-magnitude quake strikes off coast of Fukushima Prefecture

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan's northeast on Friday, the weather agency here said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, which struck at 5:00 p.m. local time, registered 2 on the Japanese seismic scale which peaks at 7.

No tsunami warning has been issued as a result of the quake, the JMA said.

The quake's epicenter was located at a latitude of 37.5 degrees north and a longitude of 144.0 degrees east, with a depth of 6.0 km, according to the weather agency.

The quake registered between 1 and 2 on Japan's seismic scale across wide swathes of Japan's north and northeasterly regions, including the prefectures of Fukushima, Hokkaido, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, and Yamagata among others.

Local authorities have not reported any damage or injuries to persons as a result of the temblor and Japan's nuclear watchdog has not reported any irregularities at nuclear power stations within the vicinity of the quake's reach.

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