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M5.9 quake hits Fukushima Prefecture

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.9 struck Fukushima
Prefecture and surrounding areas of northeastern Japan late Friday,
but there is no threat of a tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency
said.

The 11:56 p.m. temblor occurred off the Fukushima coast at a
depth of around 50 kilometers.

The quake registered a lower 5 on the Japanese seismic scale of
1 to 7 in parts of Fukushima Prefecture.

No abnormalities were observed at two nuclear power plants --
the crippled Fukushima Daiichi and idled Fukushima Daini -- and the
Onagawa nuclear power plant in neighboring Miyagi Prefecture,
according to their operators. (Oct. 7)