Japan earthquake: Ring of Fire hit AGAIN as 5.8 quake rocks islands

Thursday, October 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has been hit by an earthquake, shaking the Ryukyu Islands off the southern coast of the mainland.

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The Japan earthquake registered 5.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale.

No tsunami alert has been issued according to the Pacific Tsunami Center.

It struck at around 5pm local time (10am BST) at a shallow depth of just over six miles.

The quake struck near the Ryukyu Islands, also know as the Nansei Islands, a string of islands to the south of mainland Japan.

It hit 100 miles from the town of Naze, which is home to 42,000 people.

In total some 667,000 people live in the affected area – although the United States Geological Society (USGS) said only around 2,000 of these will have felt any shaking.

The USGS said homes in the regions were largely suited to survive earthquakes.

Its website said: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist.

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