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Monday, 5th July 2010
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Japan shaken by early morning earthquake

Japan was hit by a strong earthquake this morning (July 5th) but there have been no reports of injury or any fatalities.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was off the coast of the Iwate prefecture at a depth of some 30 kilometres. Iwate is around 300 miles away from the capital city, Tokyo.

No tsunami warnings were issued and no damage has been reported. Speaking to the Press Association, police officer Takahiro Fujibayashi, from Iwate, said: "I felt the tremor, but nothing fell from the bookshelves after the quake."

Its location means Japan is one of the most earthquake prone nations in the world and is regularly hit by small shakes which do not cause much damage or injury. However, as with the Kobe earthquake 15 years ago, the country is also hit by an occasional large quake which can cause widespread devastation.

Buildings in Japan are built to withstand such shocks, however, which can help to minimise damage.

Written by Kimberley Homer.