Strong earthquake rocks Japan in latest of seismic activity to hit Asia

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has been struck by another strong earthquake, continuing on from the spate of seismic activity that has plagued Asia this year.

Wed, Aug 31, 2016

The southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu was rocked by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake – close to where several nuclear power plants are situated – according to the US Geological Survey.

The power plants have been deemed safe to continue and there are currently no reports of casualties as a result of the tremor.

The quake struck some 10 kilometres beneath the surface with the epicentre of the tremor taking place 17.9 kilometres away from the city of Kumamoto which has a population of more than 680,000 people.

The country’s High Speed Rail service has been suspended in the region as a result, according to JR railway operator.

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