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Quake strikes off Japan

TOKYO, Mar 13 – A moderate 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of the Japanese island of Honshu Saturday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The tremor hit at 21:46 (1246 GMT) with an epicentre 71 kilometres (44 miles) north north-east of Iwaki, Honshu at a depth of 73 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

There was no immediate tsunami alert.

Around 20 percent of the world\’s most powerful earthquakes strike Japan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates.

Geologists warn that Japan is overdue for a massive and potentially devastating earthquake.

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