6.5 magnitude Earthquake hits Japan, No apparent damage recorded


A strong earthquake of 6.5 magnitude struck off the eastern coast of Japan on Friday, though there are no apparent damages or injuries recorded but there can be a slight sea level change in the coastal regions as reported by the Japan Meteorological Authority (JMA).

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According to the local weather agency report, occurred at 9:14 a.m. local time and struck at a latitude of 34.4 degrees north and longitude of 141.7 degrees east, with the epicenter in the Pacific Ocean some 150 km southeast of Katsuura, and at a depth of 10 km, in southern Chiba Prefecture. There was no threat of tsunami.

The agency further reported, that on the Japanese seismic scale that peaks at 7, the quake measured 1 on the scale, with Tokyo, neighboring Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures all within the seismic zone. Nagano, Shizuoka, Gunma, Ibaraki, Fukushima, and Miyagi prefectures all saw the quake registered as 1 on Japan's seismic scale.  The epicenter was about 230 kilometers (140 miles) southeast of the Japanese capital. It caused minor shaking in the Tokyo region, though many said they didn’t feel it.

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