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Monday, 8th February 2010
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Earthquake strikes off Japanese coast

An earthquake struck off the coast of the southern coast of Japan yesterday (February 7th).

The quake, which also triggered a small tsunami, registered between 6.4 and 6.6 on the Richter scale and hit around 70 miles off the southern coast of the Japanese island of Miyakojima, which is 1,120 miles away from the capital city, Tokyo.

According to information from Japanese authorities, there are no reports of injuries or damage.

The earthquake was also felt in Taiwan, reports said. After the initial shake, a tsunami warning was issued but this was later called off as the wave was expected to only reach some 1.6 feet high.

However, the chief of the Taiwanese Seismology Centre Kuo Kai-wen said people should "to heighten vigilance and keep eye on any changes in sea levels".

Japan is hit by an estimated 1,500 earthquakes every year and is one of the world's most prone countries to quakes, due to its tectonic plate position.

Written by Mark Smith.

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