Tokyo: A strong earthquake measuring 5.6 on Richter Scale was reported to have jolted buildings in Japan near eastern Honshu region on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey informed.
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The quake with its epicentre near Ibaraki-ken Nambu occurred at 3: 28 UTC or 12:28 local time, forcing people to run out of their buildings in panic.
According to local media reports that cited Japanese Meterological Agency, no irregularities were reported at Tokai and Fukushima nuclear power plants following the earthquake.
Also, no tsunami alerts were issued.