Earthquake hits Tokyo

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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Japan’s capital Tokyo just before 2:30 p.m. local time today.

The epicenter was the Saitama prefecture, and tremors were felt in the surrounding areas of Tokyo, as reported by Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The quake was measured 50km deep, but no tsunami alert has been registered yet.

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There are no reports of damage to property or casuaaties, but the quake shook buildings and caused the underground trains to halt. Tokyo’s mobile phone warning system alerted residents throughout the city.

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In 2011, Japan suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami, which killed almost 20,000 people and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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