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Earth Quake hits Tokyo

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Quake of magnitude 5.0 hits Tokyo and eastern Japan, no major damage

July 17, 2016

TOKYO (Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck eastern Japan on Sunday and shook buildings in Tokyo, officials and witnesses said, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no immediate report of injuries or major damage.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) put the epicenter of the quake 44 km (27 miles) northeast of Tokyo at a depth of about 44 km. There were no were immediate reports of damage.

Broadcaster NHK reported that the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power station, which has been shut since 2011, was checked for damage after the quake but none was found.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas, which accounts for a fifth of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or larger.

Japan’s strongest quake on record was one of magnitude 9 that struck the northeast coast on March 11, 2011, unleashing a massive tsunami and killing nearly 20,000 people, besides setting off the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Paul Tait)


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Police officers shot

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Several police officers shot in Baton Rouge

July 17, 2016

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Several police officers shot in Baton Rouge

Millville, N.J. police chaplain Robert Ossler kisses a cross at a makeshift memorial at the fatal shooting scene in Baton Rouge, La., where several law enforcement officers were killed, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition shot and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide.

Three other officers were wounded, one critically. Police said the gunman was killed at the scene.

The shooting less than a mile from police headquarters added to the tensions across the country between the black community and police. Just days earlier, one of the slain officers had posted an emotional Facebook message about the challenges of police work in the current environment.

President Barack Obama urged Americans to tamp down inflammatory words and actions.

“We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts … all of us,” Obama said.

The gunman was identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City, who turned 29 on Sunday.

Long, who was black, served in the Marines from 2005 to 2010, reaching the rank of sergeant. He deployed to Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, according to military records.

Although he was believed to be the only person who fired at officers, authorities were investigating whether he had some kind of help.

“We are not ready to say he acted alone,” state police spokesman Major Doug Cain said. Two “persons of interest” were detained for questioning in the nearby town of Addis. They were later released without any charges being filed. (AP)

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Deadliest day for law enforcement

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