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Strong quakes rock Japan


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TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Two strong earthquakes jolted northeastern Japan early Saturday, triggering mudslides and knocking out power to more than 100,000 households, authorities said.

At least 21 people were injured, and authorities said they expect that figure to rise. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

The first earthquake, measured at magnitude 5.5, struck at 12:13 a.m. in Miyagi Prefecture and was followed by a much more powerful 6.2 magnitude quake at 7:13 a.m., according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Authorities said there was no damage to nuclear power plants in the area, and the Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of tsunami.

The Kyodo news agency reported damage to buildings and homes in Naruse and Kanan, with mudslides in various areas.

It reported that two people were rescued after being buried in a mudslide in Kanan. In Naruse, Kyodo said an evacuation order has been issued for 30 households due to the danger of mudslides.


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