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Hokkaido Earthquake: No Tsunami Warning Issued After 6.1 Magnitude Quake
On Saturday night, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hokkaido in northern Japan. At 10:27 pm local time, the quake shook the coastal cities of Kushiro and Nemuro. However, major Japanese media outlets did not report any immediate damage or injuries.
Japan, which sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin, experiences earthquakes frequently. As a result, the country has strict construction regulations designed to ensure that buildings can withstand strong earthquakes. Authorities in Japan also hold routine emergency drills to prepare for a major earthquake.
Although the offshore earthquake was intense, authorities did not issue a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey and the Japan Meteorological Agency noted that the quake hit at a depth of around 43 kilometres (27 miles).
Earthquake Experts Speak Out About The Hokkaido Earthquake
An expert speaking on public broadcaster NHK warned residents to be vigilant against quakes for about a week. While no damage was reported this time, the unpredictable nature of earthquakes is a cause for concern in Japan. Earthquakes have caused significant damage and loss of life in the past, making preparation and awareness of seismic activity a top priority for the country’s residents.
Japan, known for its frequent seismic activity, experienced yet another reminder of the ongoing risk of earthquakes with the recent 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Hokkaido. Japan experiences frequent seismic activity as it sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic activity. Although there was no tsunami warning after the recent earthquake, experts are cautioning residents to stay alert in the upcoming days and to make necessary preparations for future earthquakes.