Offshore earthquake hits northern Japan; no damage or tsunami warning

June 26, 2008 05:39

An earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan early Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued and no damage was reported. The 5.3-magnitude quake hit at 8:37 a.m. off Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Shaking was reported in several Hokkaido towns. Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries and sits atop four tectonic plates.

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