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Strong earthquake in northern Japan hurts 3

Centred off coast of Miyagi prefecture, hard-hit in 2011 quake

A strong earthquake struck northern Japan on Saturday morning, not causing a tsunami hazard, but leaving three people injured and shaking buildings in Tokyo, officials said.

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The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.8 magnitude earthquake reached a depth of 47 kilometers off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.

Two people were injured in Miyagi and another in the neighboring Fukushima prefecture, but none of the injuries were fatal, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

There have been no major disruptions to transportation, although Shinkansen bullet trains have been temporarily suspended for security checks and some local lines have been delayed, East Japan Railway Co. said.

The prefecture of Miyagi, in the northeast of the country, was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 18,000 dead.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority said no abnormalities were reported at nuclear plants, including Fukushima Daiichi, which melted after the 2011 disaster.

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At the end of last month, another strong earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, triggering a tsunami warning for part of the north coast. No major damage was reported, but several people had minor injuries.

In mid-February, another powerful earthquake in the reg

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