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M6.0 earthquake strikes off the coast of eastern Japan

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Friday, October 6, 2017, 9:38 AM - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of eastern Japan Friday evening, according to the U.S. Geologogical Survey.

The quake hit 225 km east-southeast of Ishinomaki at 8:59 p.m. local time, with a depth of 10 km. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warnings or advisories were issued by the Japan Meteorlogical Agency.

Just over 130 km southwest of Ishinomaki is Fukushima Prefecture, where a magnitude 9.0 quake struck in March of 2011, leaving more than 22,000 dead or missing.

Japan is no stranger to seismic activity as the country lies along the Pacific ring of fire, a zone around the Pacific Ocean where 90 percent of the world's earthquakes strike. Approximately 1,500 hit the country annually.

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