Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts eastern Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 jolted the Tokyo area on Friday, the Japan...

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 jolted the Tokyo area on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.

There were no immediate reports

of damage and no tsunami alert was issued following the quake, which

was centred in Ibaraki prefecture north of Tokyo, although some bullet

trains were halted, public broadcaster NHK said.

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Atomic Power, operator of the Tokai No.2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki

prefecture, said there were no abnormalities at the single-reactor

plant after the earthquake.

A Japan Atomic Power official said the plant has been shut for scheduled maintenance.