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Published on : Friday, September 2, 2016
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Kumamoto prefecture of the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicentre of the earthquake is close to several nuclear power plants.
The power plants have been deemed safe to continue and there are currently no reports of casualties as a result of the tremor.
The quake struck some 10 kilometres beneath the surface with the epicentre of the tremor taking place 17.9 kilometres away from the city of Kumamoto which has a population of more than 680,000 people.
The High Speed Rail services has been suspended in the earthquake hit region.
A devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Kumamoto earlier in April, killing at least 11 people and injuring many others. Its epicenter was located just 1km southwest of the city, according to the USGS.
A warning from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a recently published 300-page book that capital city Tokyo, which homes 36 million people, is at risk of a massive earthquake in the next three decades.