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No casualties are reported after quake

August 17, 2009

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A magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit between Japan’s southernmost islands and the coast of Taiwan today, briefly prompting a tsunami warning, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

The quake struck at 7:06 p.m. CDT about 80 miles southwest of Ishigaki. The Japanese resort island is about 125 miles east of Taiwan and some 1,000 miles south of Tokyo. The quake struck at a depth of about six miles, the agency said.

Naoto Otake, a police official on Ishigaki, said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties on the island, which has a population of 40,000.

Authorities warned residents to stay away from beaches via speakers on patrolling police cars. But the agency lifted the tsunami warning 50 minutes later.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said the quake was felt there as well. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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