5.6 Magnitude Earthquake rattles Japan

Just two days after a powerful tremor that triggered a tsunami near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Japan. According to reports gathered from US Geological Survey, the tremor happened early Thursday shaking the Northeast Japan.

 Reported however that there were no risks of seismic waves or immediate reports of damage from Thursday’s quake, which struck at 6:23 am (2123 GMT) off Fukushima prefecture some 210 kilometres (130 miles) northeast of Tokyo, Japanese authorities said.

The earthquake rattles Japan but it fortunately did not cause any fresh problems at the Fukushima facilities, public broadcaster NHK cited the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power as saying.

The Thursday 5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Japan after Tuesday’s powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake which sparked panic and triggered a tsunami.

It was also reported that a  a one-metre (three-foot) wave that crashed ashore at the Fukushima plant.

Meanwhile, as Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates, it experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

It was well known that a  massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Also, in April, two strong earthquakes hit southern Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture followed by more than 1,700 aftershocks, leaving at least 50 dead and causing widespread damage.


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