6.4 Earthquake hits off Japan’s east coast

June 18th, 2012 - 7:33 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Sendai, June 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An earthquake of a 6.4-magnitude has jolted the sea area off Japan’s east coast. Despite the high magnitude of this seism, which has affected Honshu, the main island of the Japanese territory, American experts have stated that no tsunami warning alert has been issued.

The US Geological Survey claims that the seism had a depth of 31 km. It struck at 5.32 am (20:32 GMT Sunday) at approximately 140 km east of the city of Sendai.

The earthquake was rated only 4 on the Japanese seven-point seismic scale. This suggested that there were no expectation of any significant damage and there have been no immediate reports of damage.

Last year, Japan experienced of the worst earthquakes of its history. In March 2011, an undersea quake of a 9.0 magnitude affected the northeast coast of the country, generating a monster tsunami.

More than 19,000 people died as a consequence of the natural disaster, which crippled the nuclear power plant situated in the prefecture of Fukushima, generating what became knows as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.

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