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Massive quake strikes eastern Japan, no threat of tsunami

Strong quake on Friday

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TOKYO, Japan - Months after two massive earthquake triggered landslides and buried dozens of people in south Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture, the country’s southeast region woke up to a strong quake on Friday.> Big News Network

The Japan Meteorological Agency claimed that an undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck the region at a depth of about 10 kilometres. 

While the agency said that there were slight changes in the coastal sea levels, it has not issued a tsunami warning saying that the changes were not enough to cause any damage.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake being 6.4 in magnitude and added that the quake struck at about 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Katsuura, in southern Chiba Prefecture, a Tokyo suburb.

Since the epicentre of the quake was noted to be about 230 kilometres (140 miles) southeast of Tokyo, the capital is said to have recorded minor shaking.

The quake struck the region at 9.14 am (local time) at a latitude of 34.4 degrees north and longitude of 141.7 degrees east and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center too has not issued a tsunami warning related to the earthquake. Small tremors were experienced in nine Japanese prefectures, including in Fukushima and Tokyo.

U.S.G.S however noted that the quake was followed by at least ten aftershocks, measuring from magnitudes of 4.5 up to 5.3. 

Earlier this week, a Category 3 storm, Typhoon Malakas struck southern Japan with winds and floods lashing the region. A day after on Wednesday, Japan’s sparsely populated Izu Islands, located southeast of Japan’s main island of Honshu recorded a 6.3 magnitude quake.

Being located on the ring of fire, on four tectonic plates, Japan experiences tremors and violent quakes frequently.

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