Japan earthquake: Large 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Hokkaido

Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

A LARGE 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Sat, May 4, 2019

The tremor hit at 5.40pm BST on Saturday (1.40am on Sunday local time) in Nemuro, a city and port located in the Nemuro Subprefecture on the island of Hokkaido, the USGS said. It is yet not known whether the earthquake caused any damage to people or infrastructure. The epicentre of the quake was 36.6 miles below the surface, the USGS added.

Neither the USGS-linked Pacific Tsunami Warning Center nor the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake.

Two more earthquakes have been registered in Japan by the USGS in the past 24 hours.

One, a 4.4 magnitude, struck south-east of the city of Chitose, while the other hit east of the city of Ishinomaki.

Hokkaido is the second-largest island of Japan, and has been in 2018 theatre of a destructive quake.

On September 6 last year, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Iburi Subprefecture in southern Hokkaido.

The tremor, which occured at a depth of 21.7 miles, killed 41 people and injured 691 more.

And more than 53 million people were left without power, as the quake disrupted the Hokkaido Electric Power Company’s coal-fired power plant.

The earthquake cost Japan a total of 367.5bn yen in damages.

On February 21, another tremor struck the island, this time measuring a 5.7 magnitude, just 6.2 miles north of the epicentre of the previous quake.

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