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Earthquake Rattles Tokyo

August 29, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ A fairly strong earthquake shook Tokyo and its surrounding areas Saturday morning, slightly injuring two people but causing no major damage.

The quake, which rattled shelves and windows for several seconds at 8:46 a.m. local time, had a preliminary magnitude of 5.4. It was centered in Tokyo Bay about 40 miles underground, the Central Meteorological Agency said.

A 54-year-old woman in Tokyo sprained a leg muscle after falling down, and a 34-year-old woman twisted her leg in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, fire department officials said.

Later Saturday, a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 jolted the Niijima and Kozushima islands, about 60 miles south of Tokyo, the meteorological agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The agency said neither quake would stir up tsunami, or undersea waves set off by volcanic activity or earthquakes.

Japan is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone nations because it sits atop four tectonic plates, moving slabs of the earth’s crust whose motion can cause quakes.

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