6.2 earthquake hits eastern Japan: USGS

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A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan today, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year, but rigid building codes and their strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.

A massive undersea quake however that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barreling into Japan's northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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