22 Mar '11, 11am

Two 6.6-magnitude tremors, one 6.4 quake struck within 2 1/2 hours off Japan's tsunami-stricken north-east coast

OSAKA - A SERIES of strong earthquakes rattled north-east Japan on Tuesday, keeping residents on edge more than a week after a devastating tremor and tsunami battered the region. Two 6.6-magnitude tremors and one 6.4 quake struck within two and a half hours off Japan's tsunami-stricken north-east coast, starting from 0718 GMT (3.18pm Singapore time), the US Geological Survey reported. There were no reports of casualties or damage and no tsunami warnings. A record 9.0 magnitude which spawned a towering tsunami battered Japan's north-east coast on March 11, leaving more than 21,000 people dead or missing and triggering a crisis at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Around 20 per cent of the world's most powerful earthquakes strike Japan, which sits on the 'Ring of Fire' surrounding the Pacific Ocean. -- AFP

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