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Tokyo 5.5 earthquake: Powerful earthquake rattles tall skyscrapers in Tokyo

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Tokyo's 5.5 earthquake that recently hit the city shook the tallest of buildings in Japan's capital. The strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake was reported off the eastern coast of Japan’s Chiba prefecture, according to a Dec. 14 report from RT News.

Although the 5.5 earthquake threatened to topple skyscrapers in Tokyo, the incident did not prompt a tsunami warning and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 36 kilometers in the northwestern part of Chiba prefecture. Tokyo's dense network of trains, subways and bus lines were interrupted temporarily, but resumed shortly after.

This new powerful earthquake comes just a few weeks after another 5.5 earthquake, which was also felt in Tokyo.

Tokyo as well as the entire island of Japan has a notorious earthquake history. According to a Live Science report, approximately 1,500 earthquakes strike the nation every year. Minor tremors happen almost daily and deadly quakes are all too common.

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Japan has such a large potential for earthquakes and disaster because the nation sits atop four huge slabs of the Earth's crust, called tectonic plates. These plates mash and grind together and trigger deadly earthquakes.

Japan is still traumatized by the devastating 9.1 magnitude that struck off the northeast coast on March 11, 2011. The unusually strong earthquake triggered a tsunami which resulted in the deaths of thousands.

Japan is located at the junction of four tectonic plates and every year the region records more than 20% of the strongest earthquakes on the planet.



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