Saturday 26 May 2018

Earthquake measuring 6.1 strikes off eastern Japan

Photo: Google maps
Photo: Google maps
A girl sheds tears at a shelter in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)

An earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck off northeastern Japan today, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There was no immediate tsunami warning, or reports of damage or casualties.

A series of strong quakes struck the south of Japan late last week killing nearly 50 people. On Wednesday, survivors struggled with shortages of food and water.

The USGS said Wednesday's quake was centred 104 km (about 60 miles) east southeast of Sendai, Honshu, near where a devastating quake and tsunami struck in March 2011. It was 51 km (30 miles) deep.


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