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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake shakes northeast Japan


A magnitude of 6.0 earthquake The tsunami hit the Fukushima region in northeastern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

No damage or injuries were reported immediately after the quake, whose epicenter was 40 kilometers deep and which was also felt in Tokyo.

Japan, one of the most tectonically active countries, has strict building standards designed to ensure that structures can withstand the most powerful earthquakes.

The archipelago, which is home to around 125 million inhabitants, experiences around 1,500 tremors each year, the vast majority of which are mild.

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

It comes a day after at least nine people were killed and more than 1,000 injured by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan. Wednesday’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of buildings in Taiwan and triggered tsunami warnings as far away as Japan and the Philippines. The record was a massive 9.0 magnitude underwater quake in March 2011 off the northeastern coast of Japan, which triggered a tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing.

The 2011 disaster also caused the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing Japan’s worst post-war disaster and the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

The total cost has been estimated at 16.9 trillion yen ($112 billion), not including the dangerous decommissioning of the Fukushima facility, which is expected to take decades.


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