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Moderate quake of 5.5 slightly felt in Tokyo area

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 5:50 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2011


TOKYO >>A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 has hit the Tokyo area. No damage was immediately reported and there was no danger of a tsunami.

The capital felt minor shaking for a few seconds when the quake hit at 9:01 p.m. (2:01 a.m. Hawaii time) Friday. The epicenter was about 43 miles north of Tokyo in southern Ibaraki prefecture. It was about 37 miles underground.

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 devastated Japan's northeast coast. Nearly 23,000 people are dead or missing in the disaster that also crippled a nuclear power plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday's quake was felt at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant but caused no further damage to it.

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