Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Japan Jolted by 6.2-magnitude Earthquake on Wednesday Evening: USGS

TOKYO, Japan (August 18) – Eastern coast of Japan jolted by a strong earthquake reportedly on late Wednesday evening, but there were no reports of damage or fatalities.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the intensity of earthquake as 6.2 on the Richter scale while Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported a 5.9-magnitude earthquake. It is estimated that about 3 million people in the region may have felt light shaking. 

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported the 5.9-magnitude earthquake was centred about 303 kilometers (188 miles) east of Iwaki, about 10 km (6 miles) deep and felt at 9.44 p.m. local time (1144 GMT).

Both Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and JMA haven’t issued any tsunami warning because there’s almost no possibility of tsunami with an earthquake below 7-magnitude. 

Japan, which is on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, is still in improving phase from an massive 9-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of northeastern Japan on March 11, triggering a large tsunami. The earthquake and resulting tsunami left at least 15,698 people killed while 4,666 others remain missing and are feared dead.

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