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Earthquake of 6.1 magnitude registered in Japan, tsunami alert declared

November 24, 2016, 1:17 UTC+3

Underground tremors were felt in 17 prefectures, including Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate and Tokyo

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TOKYO, November 24. /TASS/. An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude has struck north-eastern Japan. Japan Meteorological Agency said on Thursday that the epicenter lay to the east of the Fukushima prefecture.

A tsunami alert has been declared but Japanese meteorologists say the height will be minimal and unlikely to inflict any damages.

Underground tremors were felt in 17 prefectures, including Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate and Tokyo. Walls were shaking in the TASS office in Tokyo.

The earthquake occurred in the same place as another earthquake of 7.3 magnitude two days ago. Japan Meteorological Agency warned about more possible underground tremors.

Operating company of the Fukushima I nuclear power plant (NPP) is currently checking whether the earthquake affected the NPP.

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