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Monday, 15th March 2010
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Japan hit by earthquake

Japan has been hit by an earthquake, the second in a few weeks to shake the country.

Measuring around 6.6 on the Richter scale, the quake caused little damage and there have been no reports of deaths, the government said.

It happened in the northern part of Japan but could be felt in the capital city of Tokyo. Residents were warned of the impending quake via a TV announcement, which was broadcast during a sumo wrestling match.

Japan has an early warning system in place to alert people to quakes a few minutes before they hit.

The country is one of the most earthquake-prone in the world and is currently waiting for "the big one" to hit, a huge quake which is long overdue in Japan.

Back in 1923, a massive quake hit Japan and all but flattened the capital city. Some 100,000 people were killed. Other large quakes to hit the country include the Kobe earthquake of 1995, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and killed hundreds of people.

Written by Mark Smith.