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5.6 Tokyo tremor shakes buildings in Japanese capital, halts subway


A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck Tokyo and nearby areas, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, setting off alarms and halting the city's subway system.

The earthquake struck at about 2:28pm local time at a depth of 50km, weather services reported. USGS, however, put the Japanese earthquake at a magnitude of 5.3.

The quake was centered in Ibaraki Prefecture, Kanto Region on the main island of Honshu. The prefecture has a population of about 3 million. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake took place 34km from Tokyo, a city with a population over 13 million. It also struck 2km from the town of Hasuda and 3km from Shiraoka.