6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Fukushima, Japan

Powerful tremors felt early morning in Fukushima, Japan

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (Photo from ibtimes.co.uk)
  • After a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, 6.2 magnitude strikes Fukushima,Japan
  • USGS reported a 6.2 magnitude earthquake near Fukushima

According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), a 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japanese coast near Fukushima, Japan, at 2:37 a.m,  Tokyo Time on September 21.

USGS, the American scientific agency which tracks natural disasters around the world, said the quake happened 281 kilometres from Fukushima nuclear power plant.

A screenshot from Accu Weather Twitter Account

The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was in effect. The USGS said only weak shaking would have been felt on Honshu and the risk of damage was likely to be minor.

In an article published by www.independent.co.uk, the earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred earlier in Japan is the 3rd major earthquake that happened in 24 hours, after a horrible 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, and a 6.1 magnitude in New Zealand.

In 2011, the Japanese government declares a state of emergency after a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake strucked Japan, causing a major disaster at the nuclear plant in Fukushima. The earthquake also sparked a tsunami that waves up to 30 feet high sweeping vehicles, and causing buildings to collapse. It has been reported that nearly 500,000 people fled the area and a 20-kilometre exclusion zone was set up.

Japan lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire which makes the country prone to violent earthquakes and disaster.

As of now, the extent of the damage is not yet clear.

Sources: Manila Bulletinwww.dailymail.co.uk, www.unilad.co.uk

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