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Tokyo 5.5 earthquake: New stats in early quake, structures shuddering in Chiba

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A Tokyo 5.5 earthquake left structures in the capitol city of Japan shuddering early this Saturday morning due to the quake. New stats on the force of nature have been provided in an updated report on the earthquake that left no serious damage, but quite a few people rattled in the Chiba prefecture. RT News offers the latest on the shaky incident near Tokyo this Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

Estimates of the Tokyo 5.5 magnitude level earthquake note that the quake’s epicenter was set only 11 kilometers from the prefecture’s capital of Asahi. Early stats on the ground-shaking force of nature also guess that it struck at a depth of roughly 36 kilometers below the surface.

While the considerable earthquake actually struck nearer to the coast of Chiba in Japan, the prefecture is located close to Tokyo, and witnesses reported tremors and shuddering in some of the buildings within the capitol itself. The magnitude of the Tokyo earthquake this weekend sits at a modest 5.5 level on the scale.

As of Saturday afternoon, there had been no threat of a tsunami and no evacuation warnings issued to the people of Chiba or eastern Japan near the coast. No official reports of serious damage sustained from the shuddering quake to buildings or property have been made available either.

The press release adds that prior to this Tokyo 5.5 earthquake, this region in Japan has suffered much more dangerous and tragic earthquakes in terms of stats and aftermath in the recent past.

“The same part of the country was devastated in 2011 by a powerful quake and tsunami, which killed thousands of people and triggered one of the world’s worst ever nuclear incidents at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the 2011 disaster, is located about 250km north of the epicenter of Sunday’s quake.”

Even now, the heavily damaged facility leaks radioactive water, and is being closely monitored by the Japanese government and nuclear experts. A quake could mean massive amounts of radiation being exposed to the entire country, so all quakes are definite causes for concern.

Unfortunately, powerful seismic incidents like this one are no stranger to Japan. Quakes happen quite often on its eastern shores than in many other parts of the world because the island country sits upon highly active seismic areas.



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