Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Hit Japan

Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Hit Japan

A magnitude 6.8 hit Tohoku, the Northeast area of Japan early Wednesday.


The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, while Japan’s Meteorological Agency recorded it at 6.6. The epicenter was at the southeast area of Morioka, with a depth of 50 kilometers “off Miyaki Prefecture in the Pacific Ocean,” according to NHK. The earthquake was felt on the Northeastern of Japan to Northern Hokkaido.

No initial damage was reported. Not even in the Fukushima Daiichi or Daini nuclear power plant, as mentioned by Reuters. According to NHK, there were also no tsunami warnings issued.

Volcanic Activities

The Meteorological Agency of Japan reported some volcanic activities from Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture. They issued a warning of a possible eruption. Small volcanic quakes were observed on Tuesday amounting to 100 occurrences. A magnitude 2.1 earthquake was also recorded at a shallow area near the volcano.

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The agency maintains an eruption-alert level 2.

Aftershock Of The 2011 Earthquake

Yohei Hasegawa of the agency, said in a conference as reported by Yahoo, that the recent earthquake is still an aftershock from the 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake that killed over 18,000 people and triggered a series of killer tsunamis.