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Thursday, 13th August 2009
In Events In Japan,

Japan reeling after being hit by third quake

Japan has been hit by the third earthquake in a week, it has been reported.

The earthquake struck just before 08:00 am local time in the Pacific Ocean, more than 200 miles south-east of Tokyo, said the US Geological Survey.

This is the third strong quake to hit Japan since the weekend and measured 6.7 on the Richter scale.

There are no reports of damage or injury so far.

On Tuesday (August 11th), an earthquake in Japan caused damage to thousands of buildings and part of the road which links the capital city with Osaka, in western Japan.

Japan is hit by around 20 per cent of the world's biggest earthquakes each year but the frequency of these events has left the country well prepared for such occurrences.

In 2007, early warning systems were put in place throughout Japan, which can give people up to 20 seconds to prepare for a quake.

Written by Kimberley Homer.