A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast on Saturday, authorities stated, however no tsunami warning was issued and there have been no fast stories of injury.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated the mid-morning quake hit at a depth of 47 kilometres (29 miles) within the Pacific, off Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture — close to the epicentre of an enormous 2011 quake which triggered a towering tsunami, killing greater than 18,000 folks.
Japan’s meteorological company stated there was no tsunami threat following Saturday’s jolt, which produced robust shaking alongside components of the japanese coast and was additionally felt in Tokyo.
“We are still collecting information but have not received any reports of injuries or damage,” native authorities spokesman Tomoki Sawata informed AFP, calling the quake “fairly strong”.
Local railway companies suspended providers, together with of shinkansen bullet trains, public broadcaster NHK stated, whereas elevators stopped in some buildings in Miyagi.
Fukushima nuclear plant operator TEPCO stated the power, which melted down within the wake of the 2011 tsunami, didn’t present any abnormalities after the most recent jolt.
“Operations are under way as usual,” TEPCO spokesman Koichiro Shiraki informed AFP.
Japan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic exercise that stretches by way of Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin.
The nation is frequently hit by quakes, and has strict building laws supposed to make sure buildings can stand up to robust tremors.
In March, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast. Japan’s authorities issued a tsunami advisory however there was no harm on the shoreline.
The area was additionally shaken by one other robust quake in February that injured dozens. Meteorologists stated it was an aftershock of the 2011 quake.
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