Strong Quake Hits Japan: No Casualties Reported

August 17th, 2009 - 7:22 pm ICT by GD  

neic_jya7_yAccording to sources, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has reportedly hit near the islands of Southern Japan on Monday. The aforementioned report has been confirmed by the Japanese Government agency.

According to the officials, the earthquake has struck at Japan’s Southwestern Ryukyu Islands on Monday evening. The earthquake has reportedly struck at about 69 miles south-southwest of Ishigaki-jima on the Ryukyu islands. The quake which had struck at about 7.11 p.m. was rated at a 2 on a Japanese seismic intensity scale of 1 to 7 in certain areas.

The aforementioned report was confirmed by the Japan Meteorological Agency. This suggests that the impact is supposed to be felt by a section of people living in the buildings. The ratings also suggest that the impact created can cause hanging objects such as lamps to swing slightly.

According to the sources, the earthquakes epicenter was located about 5-20 miles deep, thus making the quake a “shallow earthquake”. Although shallow earthquakes are known to cause heavy damages to the properties, but surprisingly as per as the recent developments are concerned, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said that no such untoward incident has been reported.

Japan’s meteorological agency issued and lifted the tsunami alerts both the times for a group of islands which are located in the East China Sea. No such Tsunami was generated due to the earthquake. Since the incident, no such casualties or damages have been reported as of yet, but sources reveal that the impact of the quake was felt by the people living in Taiwan.

Taiwan is itself a quake prone city and this shallow earth quake was certainly not new for them. Further developments would reveal if there has been any sort of damage or not.

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