Strong earthquake hits near Japanese islands

12:06, 05 August 2009
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An earthquake...

 An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale occurred near southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan at 8:20 a.m. (0020 GMT) Wednesday, according to a bulletin released by the Hong Kong Observatory, according to Xinhua.

    The epicenter was initially determined to be 24.4 degrees north latitude and 125.2 degrees east longitude, about 100 km east of Ishiga-kijima.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

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