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Moderate quake hits western Japan

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake that struck at 1:42 am (1642 GMT).

india Updated: May 15, 2006 08:14 IST

A moderate earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook western Wakayama prefecture early Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake that struck at 1:42 am (1642 GMT).

The quake, which happened some 450 kilometres (280 miles) southwest of Tokyo, was 10 kilometres (six miles) deep, the agency said.

Japan lies at the junction of four tectonic plates and has about 20 percent of the world's powerful earthquakes, frequently jolting Tokyo and other major cities.