Quake jolts northern Japan

A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook northern Japan on Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said, nearly two weeks after a powerful tremor killed 12 people in the country. The tremor, which struck at 8:41 am (local time), jolted areas in the northern island of Hokkaido, the agency said. There was no threat of a tsunami and no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The epicenter was located off the coast of Urakawa, at a depth of 60 kilometers (37.5 miles) below sea level in the Pacific. 

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