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Moderate earthquake shakes northeastern Japan

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:57 PM EST, Wed January 11, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Latest quake is near Fukushima
  • No tsunami warnings are issued
  • There are no immediate reports of damage

(CNN) -- A moderate earthquake rattled northeastern Japan Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.

The 5.8 magnitude quake was centered about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Fukushima, the site of last year's historic 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

"This earthquake poses no tsunami risk," the agency's website said.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Japan lies along the Pacific "ring of fire," an area of high seismic and volcanic activity stretching from New Zealand in the South Pacific up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America.

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