Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

M6.4 quake hits Japan's Fukushima, no reports of major damage

Patty Aguilar | 05 August, 2019, 06:25

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

A 6.3-magnitude quake hit off of the coast of Japan near Fukushima on Sunday morning.

Earthquakes are common in Japan and account for about 20% of the world's earquakes with a magnitude of 6 or greater.

The quake shook a wide area of the region, including Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.

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The weather agency issued an emergency warning when the quake hit, but there was no immediate report of injuries or damage.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 7:23 p.m.at a depth of about 50 kilometers, was out at sea off the prefecture, the agency said.

Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended in the region, public broadcaster NHK said.

In 2011, Fukushima was hit by a 9.0-magnitude natural disaster, which sparked a monster tsunami causing three nuclear meltdown, hydrogen explosions and radioactive contamination.

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