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February 26, 2013

Japan: 6.2 Earthquake Shakes the Center and North

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2'' rocked Monday afternoon the center and north of the main Japanese island of Honshu including the capital Tokyo, said Japan Meteorological Agency.

The magnitude was estimated at 5.7 by the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS).

In Tokyo, buildings have moved for about half a minute, according to AFP journalists.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake, whose epicenter was about 10 km deep in Tochigi Prefecture (north of Tokyo), occurred at 4:23 p.m. (7:23 GMT).

According to the public broadcaster NHK, no damage or abnormalities were found in nuclear power plants near the epicenter. Several high-speed trains have been arrested, but rail traffic has resumed normally shortly thereafter, said on television.

The quake, which was preceded by a " warning "on all televisions, was felt on almost a third of the Japanese view of the map distributed by the Meteorological Agency.

No tsunami warning has been launched.

" It has shaken vertically for at least ten seconds., but nothing fell from shelves and windows were not broken. reported no fire either, we prepare to patrol the city , "he told the AFP by telephone Takayuki Fukuda, a fire department official from the tourist town of Nikko.

The last major earthquake occurred on 7 December: a magnitude of 7.3, it shook the northeast of Japan and was strongly felt to Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers south of the epicenter .

An earthquake measuring 6.9 according to the American Institute of Geophysics (ISGS) was also rocked the northern island of Hokkaido February 2, without causing damage to nuclear facilities in the region.

 

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