5.5 Quake hits Japan nuclear crisis zone

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan’s Fukushima area, but officials say the region’s crippled nuclear plant remains stable.

The offshore quake struck at 11.45am on Monday (1345 AEDT) off Fukushima prefecture in the country’s north, at a depth of 30.2 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami was not expected, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, while there were no reports of damage.

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