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Japan struck by earthquake, no tsunami threat reported

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A seismic event of magnitude 6.0 hit northeastern Japan’s Fukushima region on Thursday, as indicated by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Thankfully, no tsunami advisory was issued following the tremor.

No immediate injuries or damages were reported in the aftermath of the earthquake. The epicenter, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) deep, also caused tremors in Tokyo.

TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, stated that no irregularities were found at the affected facility or others nearby.

Japan, renowned for its high seismic activity, adheres to stringent construction regulations to ensure that buildings can withstand powerful earthquakes.

The Japanese archipelago, housing approximately 125 million people, encounters roughly 1,500 tremors annually, with the majority being mild in intensity.

According to the United States Geological Survey, Thursday’s quake registered at magnitude 6.1 with a depth of 40.1 kilometers.

This incident follows a powerful earthquake in Taiwan just a day earlier, claiming the lives of at least nine individuals and injuring over 1,000.

The magnitude-7.4 quake on Wednesday inflicted damage on numerous structures in Taiwan and triggered tsunami alerts reaching Japan and the Philippines.

Japan’s most devastating earthquake on record was a colossal magnitude-9.0 tremor beneath the ocean’s surface in March 2011, causing a tsunami that resulted in around 18,500 fatalities or disappearances.

The 2011 disaster also led to meltdowns in three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant, marking Japan’s worst calamity post-World War II and the most severe nuclear incident since Chernobyl.

The overall expense was estimated at 16.9 trillion yen ($112 billion), excluding the risky decommissioning process of the Fukushima facility, expected to span several decades.

AFP

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