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Tokyo jolted by third quake in four days

Tokyo jolted by third quake in four days

TOKYO: Tokyo was struck by a third shudder in four days on Wednesday, yet there were no reports of harm or losses.

The 5.0 extent shock struck Tokyo and regions of eastern Japan at 7:25 am (2225 GMT Tuesday), the US Geological Survey said.

The shudder’s epicenter was east of the capital in Ibaraki at a profundity of around 44 kilometers (27 miles), the USGS said.

There was no danger of a tidal wave. It was the third to shake the capital’s tall structures this week, after a 4.8 extent shudder on Tuesday and a 5.0 on Sunday.

Japan sits at the intersection of four tectonic plates and encounters various generally brutal shakes each year, yet unbending construction regulations and strict requirement mean even effective tremors much of the time do little harm.

A gigantic undersea shake that hit in March 2011 sent a torrent barrelling into Japan’s upper east drift, leaving more than 18,000 individuals dead or missing, and sending three reactors into emergency at the Fukushima atomic plant.