Strong 6.2 Quake Jolts Japan 57 Miles From Fukushima

Sunday, May 15, 2011
By Paul Martin

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale has hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, the United States Geological Survey says.

The quake occurred at 08:35 a.m. local time on Saturday morning (2335 GMT on Friday), Xinhua reported.

No tsunami warning was issued following the tremor, and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The epicenter of the tremor was at 37.38 degrees north latitude and 141.41 degrees east longitude — about 93 kilometers (57 miles) southeast of Fukushima — and its depth was 37.60 kilometers.

On March 11, Japan was hit by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami that ravaged through the country’s northeastern coast.

The tremor triggered a nuclear crisis by knocking out power to cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the northeast coast.

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