5.6-magnitude quake strikes off Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture


TOKYO, Sept. 5, 2018 (BSS/Xinhua) – An earthquake with a preliminary
magnitude of 5.6 struck off the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo,
on Wednesday morning, the weather agency here said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor’s
epicenter was located at a latitude of 36.5 degrees north and longitude of
141 degrees east and at a depth of 60 km.

The offshore quake registered 4 on Japan’s seismic scale which peaks at 7,
in parts of Ibaraki Prefecture, the weather agency also said.

The temblor also registered 3 on Japan’s seismic scale, in the neighboring
regions of Miyagi, Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures, the JMA

The weather agency said that there was no tsunami warning issued as a
result of this offshore quake and according to local authorities there have
not as yet been any local reports of injury or damage to people or property
as a result of the quake.

All nuclear power facilities in the region have reported no abnormalities
following the quake hitting, Japan’s nuclear watchdog said.