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JAPAN QUAKEEarthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes east coast of Japan near Fukushima via The Sun

Tremors strike off quake-prone eastern Japan where the Fukushima nuclear disaster took place in 2011

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the east coast of Japan — near the scene of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

There were fears the quake could spark a dangerous tidal event or even a tsunami on the scale of that which levelled the nuclear power site in 2011, although experts later played this down.

The quake struck 180 miles east of Iwaki, Honshu, at a depth of 48 miles, monitors at the US Geological Survey said.

It comes just two weeks after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck six miles deep off the same coast — in the volatile region known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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