Earthquake of magnitude 5,9 in Japan

Séisme de magnitude 5,9 au Japon

TOKYO | earthquake of A magnitude of 5.9 occurred on Thursday off the coast of Japan, according to the american Institute of geophysics (USGS), but no tsunami warning has been launched.

The epicenter was detected at a depth of 25 kilometers, forty kilometers of the prefecture of Chiba, east of Tokyo.

The japan meteorological agency has, meanwhile, estimated the magnitude at 6.2, while stating on its website that it posed “no risk of tsunami”.

The tremor, which occurred at 4h47 local (15h47 Wednesday, Quebec), was felt in the suburbs of Tokyo, according to japanese media.

Japan lies on the “ring of fire” of the Pacific, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches across the South-East Asia and the Pacific basin.

In 2011, a devastating earthquake of 9.0 magnitude had shaken the archipelago before a gigantic tidal wave struck on the coast north-east of the country, killing nearly 16,000 people and sparking the disaster of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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