JAPAN: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido, on Saturday, the US Geological Survey and the Japan Meteorological Agency stated. No tsunami warning had been issued after the quake that shook the eastern part of Hokkaido at 10:27 p.m. Major Japanese media sources did not immediately report any damage or injuries.
The earthquake struck at 10:27 p.m. (13:27 GMT) at a depth of about 43 kilometres (27 miles), according to the USGS. Residents should be on the lookout for earthquakes for about a week, an expert who spoke on the public channel NHK warned.
Hokkaido, one of Japan’s main northern islands, was shaken by another earthquake a few days ago. Hokkaido was hit by a 5.1-magnitude earthquake on Monday.
The earthquake registered as a “lower 5” on Japan’s 7-point intensity scale, which gauges ground motion, in two Hokkaido municipalities.
At that level, as per the Japan Meteorological Agency, things frequently slide off shelves, and unsecured furniture may move.
The Asian country, which is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of extremely active seismic activity that extends through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific region, experiences earthquakes frequently.
The nation regularly conducts emergency drills to get ready for a major jolt and has stringent building codes to make sure that structures can withstand strong earthquakes.
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