6.3-Magnitude earthquake hits Japan on March 14, 2014

6.3-Magnitude earthquake hits Japan on March 14, 2014

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Once again, Japan experienced tremors with a magnitude of 6.3 on March 14, 2014. The earthquake injured 17 people, but no fatalities have been reported so far. Officials have warned residents that they should be alert as there is a possibility of landslides. However, no tsunami warning has been issued and no major damage has been reported for the time being.

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The US Geological Survey informed that the epicenter of the earthquake was located eight miles north of the city of Kunisaki and hit at a depth of 50 miles. The Meteorological Agency of Japan said that there was no risk of a tsunami, but residents still need to be alert.

The director of earthquake and tsunami observation division of the agency, Yohei Hasegawa said, “We fear the danger of rockfalls and landslides has increased in areas that felt strong tremors.” The Japanese agency measured the quake with a magnitude of 6.2, in addition to registering a strong intensity in the parts of southwestern Shikoku, which is the main island of Honshu and southern Kyushu islands.

So far, no abnormalities have been reported at the Ikata nuclear plant located in Ehime prefecture or at the Shimane prefecture’s plant. On March 11, 2011 more than 18,000 people died in an earthquake which had a magnitude of 9.0 undersea.

Photo Credits: Times of Oman