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East Coast Japan Hit by 6.3-Magnitude Earthquake

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Thursday off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 occurred, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

According to EMSC, the earthquake was 32 kilometers (19.88 miles) deep. Following the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo as well and had an epicentre that was 40 kilometers (25 miles) deep, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant’s operator, TEPCO, reported that “no abnormalities” had been found at the affected plant or at any other in the area.

Strict building regulations are in place in Japan, one of the tectonically most active nations on Earth, to guarantee that buildings can survive the strongest earthquakes.

The archipelago, home to around 125 million people, experiences around 1,500 jolts every year, the vast majority of which are mild.

The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of Thursday’s quake at 6.1, with a depth of 40.1 kilometres.

It comes a day after at least nine people were killed and more than 1,000 injured by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan.

Wednesday’s magnitude-7.4 quake damaged dozens of buildings in Taiwan and prompted tsunami warnings as far as Japan and the Philippines.

A massive magnitude 9.0 undersea jolt off Japan’s northeast coast in March 2011 caused a tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing, making it the biggest earthquake to ever strike the country.

The Fukushima nuclear plant experienced the worst post-war disaster in Japan and the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl as a result of the 2011 tragedy, which also caused three reactors to melt down.

Without factoring in the potentially dangerous decommissioning of the Fukushima facility, which is anticipated to take decades, the estimated total cost was 16.9 trillion yen ($112 billion).

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