TOKYO, 17th July, 2016 (WAM) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck eastern Japan on Sunday and shook buildings in Tokyo, officials and witnesses said, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no immediate report of injuries or major damage.

The US Geological Survey, USGS, put the epicentre of the quake 44 km (27 miles) northeast of Tokyo at a depth of about 44 km.

According to Reuters, Broadcaster NHK have reported that the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power station, which has been shut since 2011, was checked for damage after the quake but none was found.

Japan’s strongest quake on record was one of magnitude 9 that struck the northeast coast in March 2011, unleashing a massive tsunami and killing nearly 20,000 people, as well as setting off the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

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