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    6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture - National Meteorological Service

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    The epicentre of the earthquake was located off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres.

    A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit north-eastern Japan at around 19:23 local time on Sunday, 4 August, according to the national meteorological service.

    According to the meteorological agency, there is no risk of a tsunami at the moment. There have also not been any reports of casualties or damage caused by the tremor.

    Earthquakes are a common occurrence in Japan, as it is located in one of the world's most seismically active areas. Nearly 20 percent of all the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater take place in Japan.

    In March 2011, the Fukushima Prefecture was hit by a major 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake that triggered a 46-foot tsunami, leading to the infamous accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The meltdown at three out of four units and hydrogen-air explosions, which were provoked by cooling system failures, led to the leakage of radioactive materials and the shutdown of the plant.

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