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Friday, 24th December 2010
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Japanese islands experience aftershocks

An aftershock has been reported in Southern Japan following the recent earthquake in the region.

The US Geological Survey estimates that the aftershock registered at 6.3 magnitude but so far there have been no reports of damage or injury.

"It was the strongest aftershock since yesterday's earthquake," Masahide Fujimaru, a village official on Chichi-shima island, told AFP.

 He added: "It was not strong enough to make things fall from shelves. There is no confusion and we have not received any information of damage or injuries."

The region experienced a 7.4 magnitude quake on Wednesday which was centred around 91 miles east of Chichi-shima in Japan's remote Bonin islands area and was felt in the centre of Tokyo city.

Japan's meteorological agency warned that the quake could cause a temporary rise in sea levels but stressed it would not create tsunami conditions.

Written by Kimberly Homer.