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Strong quake hits Japan

world Updated: Dec 20, 2008 16:46 IST

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A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Saturday off the east coast of Japan, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake hit 139 kilometres (87 miles) east-southeast of Iwaki, Honshu, at 7:29 pm (1029 GMT) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres, the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said it had not issued a tsunami warning.