6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Japan

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake in northern Japan

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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook northern Japan late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), but no tsunami warning was issued.

The tremor was recorded at 6:18 p.m. (0918 GMT) off Aomori prefecture (north) at a depth of 20 km, according to the JMA, and was also felt on the island of Hokkaido.< /p>

The American geological survey institute USGS measured a magnitude of 6.2.

No tsunami warning has been issued, said the public television channel NHK.

Media reported no immediate damage.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, which sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic activity that stretches across Southeast Asia and the Pacific basin.

The country enforces strict building regulations to ensure that buildings can withstand severe strong earthquakes, and regularly organizes exercises es to prepare for a major tremor.