Japan earthquake: Fukushima rocked by strong 6.2 earthquake – Ring of Fire on alert

Sunday, August 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has been rocked by a strong 6.2 earthquake in the Fukushima Prefecture, the home to the nuclear power plant devastated in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Sun, Aug 4, 2019

No tsunami warning has been issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre of the 7.23 pm (1023 GMT) earthquake was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture and measured at a depth of 50 km (30 miles), the agency said. There were no were immediate reports of damage.

Witnesses took to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre website to record their experiences.

One said: “It started slowly and I heard the house creak and felt dizzy before I realised it was an earthquake.

“Then I paid attention to the motion. It rolled for maybe 30 seconds and the room open doors trembled.”

Others described “mild shaking” in Tokyo, 250km away from the epicentre.

Damage has not yet been reported.

According to the US Geological Society (USGS), buildings in the region are well-prepared for earthquakes.

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

“The predominant vulnerable building types are heavy wood frame and reinforced/confined masonry construction.”

Fukushima was rocked by a devastating 9.0 earthquake in 2011.

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