updated 8/17/2006 7:54:21 PM ET 2006-08-17T23:54:21

A strong earthquake shook the eastern Russian province of Sakhalin, rattling parts of northern Japan early Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, Japanese officials said.

The Meteorological Agency said the magnitude 6.0 quake posed no fear of tsunami — huge waves caused by undersea disturbances or volcanic activities.

The quake struck at 12:26 a.m. and was centered in Russia’s Sakhalin, about 770 miles north of Tokyo, the agency said.

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