M6.0 earthquake hits off Fukushima
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has rattled northeastern Japan, but authorities have not issued a tsunami warning.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property on Friday and no abnormalities were found at the region’s nuclear power facilities, including the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The quake occurred at 8.58am (0958 AEST), its epicentre off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 40 kilometres.
In February, a M7.1 quake also struck the northeast, killing one person and injuring about 190 others.
Signal: clear strong P-wave arrival
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Japan recently observed the 10th anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 quake and resulting tsunami in the same region on March 11, 2011, which left about 18,400 dead or missing.
The twin natural disasters caused a triple meltdown at the Fukushima plant, which spewed radioactive substances into the environment.
Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return home near the facilities due to radiation contamination.
Japan sits at the convergence of four tectonic plates, making it especially prone to seismic activity. The country is also home to 100 active volcanoes.
M6.6 earthquake hits Indonesia – 20sec shaking
An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck off the northwest coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Friday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said.
The Indonesia earthquake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles).
Indonesia’s weather and geophysics agency, BMKG, put the quake at 7.2 magnitude and at a depth of km but said it had no potential to trigger a tsunami wave.
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“We ran outside the house because the quake was felt for a pretty long time,” said Goris Tukan, a resident of Nias island, off Sumatra. He said no damage were seen in his neighbourhood.
Disaster mitigation agency official Filifo Daili said the quake was felt for 20 seconds and authorities were still collecting information about its impact.
On Dec. 26, 2004, a 9.1 magnitude quake off the coast of northwest Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries. [IndiaToday, Yahoo]
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