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Moderate Earthquake Jolts Japan

October 2, 2000

TOKYO (AP) _ Two moderate earthquakes jolted southern Japan on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The stronger tremor with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 hit at 4:29 p.m. off Amami Oshima island, about 800 miles southwest of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.

About two hours earlier, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook the same area.

No damage or injuries were reported from either earthquake, said Sumio Fukumoto, an official of the Kagoshima prefectural police.

But the Meteorological Agency warned the tremors may churn up powerful tsunami tidal waves. A magnitude 5 quake can cause damage to homes if it hits a residential area.

Japan is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone nations.

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