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Moderate Quake Hits Off Northeast Japan

June 22, 2006

TOKYO (AP) _ An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude 5.7 struck off the coast of Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, near Russia’s Kuril islands, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said Thursday.

The quake struck at 7:54 p.m. (6:54 a.m. EDT) at a depth of 56 miles about 62 miles east of Kuril’sk in the Kuril Islands, or about 310 miles northeast of Hokkaido, according to the agency.

The temblor was felt only slightly in northern Japan, and there was no danger of tsunami, the agency said. There were also no immediate reports of damage of injuries.

Japan, which sits at the juncture of four tectonic plates, is one of the world’s most quake-prone countries.

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