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Aftershock hits Niigata

A new earthquake jolted Niigata Prefecture at 4:53 p.m.Wednesday, measuring a 4 out of 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale (shindo) in the city of Izumozaki, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said. The earthquake is regarded as an aftershock of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Niigata Prefecture on Monday.

The agency had warned on Monday there was a possibility an aftershock measuring up to a weak 6 shindo in some places would happen within a week after the first earthquake.

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