Earthquake of 5.6 magnitude strikes Japan, no damage reported
A magnitude 5.6 undersea earthquake struck Japan on Monday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, though there were no immediate reports of damages.
Tokyo: A magnitude 5.6 undersea earthquake struck Japan on Monday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, though there were no immediate reports of damages.
The quake struck at about 4:00 PM (1230 IST) at a depth of some 28 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
There was no threat of a tsunami from the quake, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, battered by a massive 2011 earthquake-generated tsunami and now undergoing decommissioning, has shown no irregularities in radiation levels, a spokesman for operator Tokyo Electric Power told AFP.
Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year, but rigid building codes and their strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.
But the massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
In April, two strong earthquakes hit southern Japan's Kumamoto prefecture followed by more than 1,700 aftershocks, leaving 50 dead and causing widespread damage.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands erupted on 19 September and it has so far destroyed or partially destroyed more than 1,000 buildings
India had returned with its best-ever performance from the Tokyo Paralympics, winning 19 medals — five gold, eight silver, six bronze. The country's previous best tally at one edition of the Paralympic Games was four.
The US Geological Survey says the first quake struck about 17 miles south of Naalehu and the second earthquake struck about 20 minutes later in the same area