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Moderate Quakes Shake Japan

February 11, 2000

TOKYO (AP) _ Japan’s main island was shaken by a pair of moderate earthquakes Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The first quake struck at 4:14 p.m. and was centered about 6 miles below the earth’s surface in Iwate state, about 240 miles north from Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said. It had a preliminary magnitude of 4.9, the agency said.

The second quake, with a magnitude of 4.4, struck nearly five hours later in Yamanashi state, the agency said. It was centered about 12 miles below the earth’s surface and shook buildings in downtown Tokyo, about 72 miles to the northeast.

A quake of magnitude 5 is capable of causing considerable damage.

Japan is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries as it sits atop four tectonic plates, slabs of land that move across the earth’s surface.

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