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Powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off of Japan and Russia 

A huge earthquake hit Japan's northern coast today, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries and no danger of a tsunami, officials have said.

The 7.0-magnitude quake hit offshore, 62 miles southeast of Russia‘s Kuril Islands, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. 

The underwater earthquake happened 100 miles below the ocean's surface. 

NHK public television showed video monitors and shelves shaking at its office in Kushiro on the southeastern coast of Hokkaido.

Hokkaido prefectural police said they had received no reports of damage or injuries. 

Officials said the quake was unlikely to cause any because of its depth and distance from the coast.

Japan was hit by two another two earthquakes yesterday of lesser magnitudes, the first being of 4.4 magnitude which struck just minutes before in Hokkaido’s Iburi region.

And the second was of 5.5 magnitude that hit off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.

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