6.4-magnitude quake hits near east coast of Honshu, Japan

23:25, March 12, 2011      

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An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted near the east coast of Honshu, Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake occurred at 22:15 local time (1315 GMT). Its epicenter, with a depth of 37.50 km, was initially determined to be at 37.2607 degrees north latitude and 141.1752 degrees east longitude.

It was one of the strongest aftershocks following a 8.8- magnitude quake in the same region on Friday.

The earthquake on Friday unleashed a 10-meter high tsunami that did extensive damage and killed hundreds of people.

Source: Xinhua

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