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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on Wednesday morning struck off Japan's Iwate Prefecture, but did not cause a tsunami, Japan Meteorological Agency said.
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The quake struck at around 2:46am local time (1746 GMT). No damage was reported at a nuclear fuel preprocessing plant in the area, public broadcaster NHK said.
Two people were injured and taken to hospital, while train operators in the area suspended some train services for safety checks, the broadcaster said.
The quake registered 5 plus in the Japanese scale of earthquake intensity, a level that could cause damage to some buildings.
The epicentre of the earthquake was 41.7 kilometres beneath the Pacific seabed, less than 50 kilometres off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, the USGS said on its website, rating the risk of casualties and damage as low.
Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency reported that shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones, as they are closer to the surface.
Tokyo Electric Power said it is checking the condition of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station that was wrecked by the massive March 2011 quake, which caused nuclear meltdowns and mass evacuations.
The quake produced powerful shaking along parts of Japan's eastern coast, and was felt strongly in Tokyo, but triggered no tsunami alert.
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