Japan Jolted by Earthquake, No Tsunami Hazard Declared

The Japan Meteorological Agency reported a seismic event measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hitting the Fukushima area of northeastern Japan on Thursday, however, there was no alert for a tsunami issued.

Following the earthquake, which had a depth of 40 kilometers (25 miles) at its epicenter and was felt in Tokyo, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

According to TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, there have been “no abnormalities” detected at the affected facility or neighboring plants in the region.

As one of the most seismically active nations globally, Japan adheres to stringent building codes crafted to guarantee that constructions are resilient against even the strongest earthquakes.

Inhabited by around 125 million individuals, the archipelago endures approximately 1,500 seismic events annually, with the majority being of minor magnitude.

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The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of Thursday’s quake at 6.1, with a depth of 40.1 kilometres.

The occurrence follows a day after a potent earthquake in Taiwan claimed the lives of at least nine individuals and left over 1,000 others injured.

The magnitude-7.4 earthquake that struck on Wednesday inflicted damage on numerous buildings in Taiwan and triggered tsunami alerts extending as far as Japan and the Philippines.

Japan’s most colossal earthquake occurred in March 2011, a massive magnitude-9.0 undersea quake off the northeast coast. The resulting tsunami claimed the lives of approximately 18,500 people or left them missing.

The 2011 disaster resulted in three reactors undergoing meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, making it Japan’s worst post-war catastrophe and the most significant nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

The total financial burden was assessed at 16.9 trillion yen ($112 billion), not accounting for the hazardous decommissioning of the Fukushima facility, an undertaking forecasted to stretch across decades.

Africa Today News, New York

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