News Alerts

Japan News Alert

Japan: 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes east coast Oct. 6

6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes east coast Oct. 6; no damage reported, no tsunami warning issued

06 Oct 09:51 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/6/2017, 12:00 AM until 10/6/2017, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Japan

Event

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Japan on Friday, October 6, approximately 300 km (180 mi) from Iwaki, near Fukushima. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

Context

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent earthquakes every year. Rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage. However, a massive undersea quake in March 2011 near Fukushima sent a tsunami barreling into Japan's northeastern coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant. In April 2016, two strong earthquakes followed by more than 1700 aftershocks hit the southern prefecture of Kumamoto, leaving at least 50 dead and causing widespread damage.

Advice

Individuals in affected regions are advised to be prepared for possible aftershocks.

Generally speaking, after a powerful earthquake, check for damages and take note of your surroundings. If indoors, shut off water, gas, and electricity lines and evacuate the building.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news