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Buildings Swayed In Tokyo Earthquake

Buildings Swayed In Tokyo Earthquake - An earthquake off the southern coast of Japan, registering at least 6.6 on the Richter scale, shook much of the country and caused large buildings in Tokyo to sway, the Associated Press reported.

Japan's meteorological agency confirmed the quake, measuring the magnitude at 6.9, and said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no sign of a tsunami. But, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude was 6.6.

The quake hit around 12:25 p.m. local time, and the epicentre was several hundred kilometers south of Tokyo near the Ogasawara or Bonin Islands, with a depth of 300 miles, according to AP.

Ironically, Shintaro Ishihara, governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, was set to announce a new plan this morning, which will require owners of buildings along emergency routes to perform tests for earthquake-resistance.

Buildings Swayed In Tokyo Earthquake

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