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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Eastern Japan has been hit by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake at about 6.10 am AEDT. As revealed by the US Geological Survey which monitors earthquakes worldwide the quake occurred off the eastern Honshu coastline, 25km from the city of Toba and 37km from the city of Ise.
The USGS said that the tremor struck far down at a depth of 332km. Since Japan lies in the Pacific ‘ring of fire’ seismic fault and volcanic activity are a regular occurrence in this zone.
More than 18,000 people died in March 2011 when a 9.0-magnitude sub-sea earthquake sent a towering tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast in the country’s worst post-World War II disaster
Cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant were knocked out, sending reactors into meltdown and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan last week, rocking buildings in Tokyo. That tremor struck at a much shallower depth of 59km.