Japan earthquake: Fukushima rocked by 5.0 magnitude quake off coast

Monday, October 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has been struck by an earthquake with a 5.0 magnitude off the east coast of the country, close to Fukushima.

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

The earthquake had a depth of 46.6km and hit at 10:47am universal time (11.47am BST).

There has been an increase in seismic activity in the last 24 hours along the Ring of Fire – the Pacific plate which sees the most earthquakes and most active volcanoes.

An earthquake also struck Japan’s north island last night at a depth of 67km and a magnitude of 4.4.

Japan lies in the Ring of Fire, which is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

The ring stretches along a 25,000 mile arc from the Pacific Plate to smaller plates lining the Pacific Ocean.

A series of earthquakes of up to 6.8 magnitude struck off Canada’s west coast yesterday, Sunday, October 21.

The first quake with a magnitude of 6.5 was followed by one of 6.8 and another of 6.5.

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