Huge 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan coast

Monday, November 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

A HUGE 5.8 magnitude earthquake has stuck of the east coast of the Japan, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

The quake hit 218 miles (351 km) east of Sendai, Honshu, at a depth of 5.9 miles (9.5 km).

The USGS initially recorded the quake as having a 6.1 magnitude but this was later downgraded to a 5.8.

It is unclear yet if there was any damage to villages and towns on the east coast.

It is understood the earthquake has not triggered a tsunami warning.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said it did not believe the quake’s intensity was strong enough to cause any damage to the land.

Japan is located on the Ring of Fire, faults lines in the Earth’s crust around the Pacific Ocean, which is a hotspot for earthquake activity.

Last month the nation was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude quake.

In 2011, 15,894 people were killed after a 9.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami with waves of up to 33ft (10m).

The disaster devastated buildings and infrastructure that led to significant accidents at four major nuclear power stations.

The news comes after Iraq was struck by a devastating earthquake killing at least 61 people and injuring more than 300 others, according to state TV.

The Iraqi town of Darbandikhan, 47 miles east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, is among the worst hit areas and at least 30 people have been injured.

Some social media users in Israel, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have also reported feeling tremors.

The earthquake hit at 9:18pm local time (6.18pm GMT) at a depth of 33 kilometres.

One TV station reported: “The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq… Eight villages were damaged… Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas.”

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