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Western Japan Hit by 5.0-Magnitude Earthquake

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TOKYO (Sputnik) – A 5.0-magnitude earthquake has hit the western part of Japan's largest island, Honshu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The epicentre of Friday's earthquake was located near the coast of Fukui Prefecture at a depth of 10 kilometres (about six miles), according to the Meteorological Agency.

No tsunami alert has been declared.

According to the Kyodo news agency, two people have been injured as a result of the earthquake: an 80-year-old woman and a 2-year-old girl.

Japan is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011 killed over 15,000 people and caused the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

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