A relatively strong earthquake took place off the coast of Japan on Wednesday morning, giving residents in Tokyo and other parts of the eastern region a decent shake. The Japan Meteorological Agency has stated that the quake measured a magnitude 6.9 on their scale, which is well into the “strong” range, and is enough damage buildings. However, there have been no reports of any damage, likely due to Tokyo’s strict standards of earthquake resistance, and the agency has said there is no need for a tsunami warning.
The earthquake originated near the islet of Torishima, a part of the Izu Islands, which are found roughly 600 kilometers (372 miles) south of the capital of Tokyo, and from a depth of 404 kilometers (251 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey also recorded the trembler, measuring it as a 6.5 magnitude on their scale. The quake struck at 9:18 AM, and NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, reported that buildings were witnessed swaying for several moments afterwards, and that several local train lines were briefly paused for safety precautions.
In addition to Tokyo, the quake was felt in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, two areas heavily affected by the March 2011 disaster, as well as in Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Tochigi, and Ibaraki. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has already released a statement that no abnormalities were found at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and they would continue to monitor the situation. Likewise, there was no damage or problems recorded at any of the other nuclear facilities in the region.
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