November 7, 1996 in Nation/World

Strong Quake Rocks Japanese Islands

Compiled From Wire Services

A strong undersea earthquake jolted a remote group of Japanese islands on Thursday.

The quake struck at 5:01 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8, the government’s Central Meteorogical Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries on Ogasawara, a cluster of small Pacific islands 620 miles south of Tokyo. About 2,000 people live on the islands.

The earthquake was centered about 12 miles under the sea floor near Chichi-jima. Seismologists said there was no danger of a tidal wave from the quake.

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