Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Japan: 6.2-magnitude earthquake east of Tokyo

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Tokyo on Friday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that a tsunami was not feared.

The quake, at a height of 50 kilometers at 7:03 am (1003 GMT) on the 7th local time, struck in the Pacific waters off Japan’s Chiba prefecture and was strong enough to move large buildings upside down and shut down rail service.

Large buildings in the city of Rome shook and train service was temporarily halted when the quake struck at a height of 50 kilometers at 7:03 am (103 GMT) in the Pacific waters of Chiba prefecture off Japan.

The United States Geological Survey also reported the quake, giving it the same magnitude.

The Japanese nuclear authority has detected no anomaly in the nuclear plants.

Just before Tokyo residents felt the tremors, Japan’s advanced earthquake detection television system sought to move television stations to warn of strong potential.

“It was like being on a boat floating on water, rocking from side to side that seemed to last for more than 30 seconds,” an NHK reporter said after the tremor.

In early May, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Ishikawa region (center), killing one person and injuring 49.

The country is still reeling from the magnitude 9.0 underwater earthquake that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011, triggering a tsunami that left 18,000 people dead or missing.

The 2011 tsunami triggered the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing Japan’s worst disaster since World War II, and the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

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