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Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits Japanese village hosting nuclear power plant

Staff Writer |
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan in the predawn hours of July 2 - near a village hosting a nuclear power plant - the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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The 2:27 a.m. earthquake came in as a 4 on the 7-point Japanese seismic intensity scale in the Aomori Prefecture village of Higashidori, the location of the Hidgashidori Nuclear Power Plant. No damage to the plant was reported.

The temblor measured a seismic intensity of 3 in some other parts of Aomori Prefecture and the Hokkaido city of Hakodate, but posed no tsunami risk, the agency said.

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