A 6.1 Richter earthquake shakes northeast Japan

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A seismic movement of magnitude 6.1 on the open Richter scale shook northeast Japan this Saturday, no reported casualties or serious damage and without tsunami risks, official sources reported today.

The tremor was registered at 11:44 a.m.l (2.44 GMT) with its epicenter in Pacific waters off the prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, although it was felt in the northern half of the main island of Japan, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The hypocenter was recorded 40 kilometers deep. The highest intensity, with 4 degrees on the Japanese scale (up to a maximum of 7) was recorded in Iwate, Miyagi and Aomori prefecture regions.

The NHK public television network reported la temporary suspension of bullet train service in the region, but reported no casualties or serious damage.

Six minutes after the first earthquake there was a magnitude 5.0 aftershock. and an intensity of 3 degrees on the Japanese scale.

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