Double earthquake strike in Japan: Tokyo hit by TWO huge tremors in space of hours

Friday, October 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has been hit by a double earthquake strike as a 5.4 magnitude struck off the coast of Iwaki just hours after a first earthquake hit.

Fri, Oct 6, 2017

Witnesses claim to have felt the quakes as far away as Tokyo, some 195 kilometres away.

One said: “Long and strong earthquake. Probably lasted for more than 15 seconds. Felt like intensity 5 here in Chiba-shi.”

The latest quake to hit Japan today struck just off the coast of Iwaki at 15:56 on Friday.

Moderate aftershocks are to be expected, experts have warned.

European quake agency (EMSC) tweeted:”M6.0 #earthquake (#地震) strikes 195 km NE of #Tokyo (#Japan) 15 min ago. Effects reported by witnesses.”

The quake is then believed to have been downgraded to 5.4, with the EMSC saying: “M5.4 #earthquake (#地震) strikes 128 km S of #Sendai-shi (#Japan) 25 min ago.”

The US Geological Survey also confirmed the 5.4 magnitude quake, saying it hit 28km northeast of Iwaki.

Steve Herman said: “Fresh M6.6 #quake off #Fukushima coast a few minutes ago.

“Earthquake alarms sounded in Tokyo before shaking, no tsunami threat, according to #Japan authorities.”

Information from the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention said the Iwaki strike had a depth of 82.9 km.

Iawki is just 35 miles (56.5km) south of the now-disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which saw its reactors go into meltdown after it was struck by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The tsunami destroyed the automatic generators used for cooling the reactors at the plant, leading to three nuclear meltdowns and radioactive waste being released.

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