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Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Rattles Japan

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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has struck northern Japan. The quake hit at 11:45 a.m. (Wednesday) local time.

The country's meteorological agency immediately issued a tsunami alert for its northeastern coast, however no oceanic disturbance has been recorded.

Although the quake's epicenter was located some 200 miles north of the city, the Associated Press reports that the strong earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but officials are still assessing the situation.

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