Earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hits eastern Japan

Published on : Saturday, December 21, 2013

earthwaveAn earthquake of magnitude 5.3 struck eastern Japan in the wee hours of Saturday. Tremors were felt across the region, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The 67-kilometre deep quake hit the southern part of Honshu’s Ibaraki prefecture, north east of the capital Tokyo, at 01:10 am (1610 GMT Friday), the United States Geological Survey reported.
There was no risk of tsunami, seismologists said. The quake struck 4 kilometres from the city of Abiko, Japan’s national weather agency said. Tourists are advised to check with local auhorities before visiting earthquake prone regions of Japan.
It’s not surprising that Japan records probably the highest number of quakes every year. Japan lies on the “Ring of Fire”, a series of seismic fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean which create frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
In 2011, more than 18,000 people died when a massive sub-sea earthquake of magnitude 9.0 triggered a tsunami, thereby destroying properties worth of millions and killing thousands. The harrowing incident is considered as Japan’s worst post-World War II disaster.


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