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Monday, 10th August 2009
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Japan hit by earthquake

Japan was hit by an earthquake on Sunday (August 9th) but there have been no reports of deaths or injuries.

According to figures from the US Geological Survey, the quake measured around 7.1 on the Richter scale, with estimates from the Japanese Meteorological Agency putting the strength at around 6.9.

The agency said that the earthquake was measured at around 213 miles under the Pacific, around 170 kilometres south of the Izu peninsula.

The earthquake saw buildings shake in the capital city of Tokyo but no damage has been reported.

As well as Tokyo, the tremors from the quake were felt in Ibaraki, Saitama and Chiba, it was reported.

It is the largest magnitude quake to hit Japan so far this year, after a 6.6 magnitude tremor shook the country in April.

On Wednesday of last week (August 5th), there were two earthquakes in southern Japan, but neither caused any damage or injury.

Written by Kimberley Homer.