Powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale of Japan and Russia
- Underwater earthquake happened 100 miles below the ocean surface
- There are no reports or serious damage and no danger of a tsunami
- Local news channel showed video monitors and shelves shaking in his office
A huge earthquake hit the north coast of Japan today, but there were no reports of serious damage or injury and no danger of a tsunami, officials said.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the coast, 62 miles southeast of the Kuril Islands of Russia, said the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The underwater earthquake occurred 100 miles below the ocean surface.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the coast, 62 miles southeast of the Kuril Islands of Russia, said the US Geological Survey (USGS)
NHK public television showed video monitors and shelves shaking at its office in Kushiro on the southeast coast of Hokkaido.
The Hokkaido prefecture police said they had not received any reports of damage or injury.
Officials said the earthquake would probably cause nothing because of the depth and distance of the coast.
The US Tsunami warning system said there was also no threat to nearby Guam, Rota, Tinian or Saipan.
Japan was hit by a 5.2 earthquake off the east coast of the country yesterday
Japan was hit by a new earthquake with a force of 5.2 yesterday, which struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture.
In 2011, Fukushima was the location of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.1 earthquake caused a tsunami that flooded the nuclear power plant and led to a radiation leak.
Witnesses said they had felt a 10 second vibration during the quake at about 7.30 p.m. local time.
A witness told EMSC that the earthquake caused a “weak but long shock” that lasted about 10 seconds.
The wave engulfed the nuclear power plant and caused an enormous melting melt, which radiated radiation causing 160,000 people to flee their homes.
Japan is on the ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most earthquake countries in the world.
Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at Imperial College in London, tweeted about the earthquake: “Earthquake M6.9 just below the Kuril Islands (between Hokkaido and Kamchatka).
Depth of 150 km and normal failure mechanism.
“So deep hypocentre will be felt on a large scale in Northern Japan.”