A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Tuesday, but without any reports of injuries or damages to property. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the quake struck at 10:03 a.m., with the epicenter in Ibaraki Prefecture, which is located 100 miles of Tokyo.
While the earthquake was strong enough to rock the high-rise buildings in the capital, fortunately it failed to create any serious damage to both life and property. The agency said it was 10 kilometers deep and was followed by another shallow 3.6 magnitude earthquake just eight minutes later, in the same area. Several earthquakes have hit Japan this year, with the last one happening in November. Thankfully, none of them have merited a tsunami warning or had any lasting effect on any of the places hit.
The epicenter was also 80 kilometers southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 2011 during the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said that the tremor had no effect whatsoever on any of the crippled reactors. They are working through the holidays as part of the decontamination efforts, in light of several problems encountered the past year. Just last December 24, new leaks were discovered at the No. 1 reactor, in addition to the previous ones found on the 21st and the 22nd at the No. 2 reactor.
[ via UPI ]