6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Japan, No Tsunami Warning Issued

Southern Japan experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake late Wednesday, as confirmed by the Japan Meteorological Agency, which did not issue a tsunami warning. The quake's epicenter was the Bungo Channel, situated between Kyushu and Shikoku islands.

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6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Japan, No Tsunami Warning Issued

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Japan, Triggering Tsunami Warnings

Southern Japan experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake late Wednesday, as confirmed by the Japan Meteorological Agency, which did not issue a tsunami warning. The quake's epicenter was the Bungo Channel, situated between Kyushu and Shikoku islands.

Ehime and Kochi prefectures felt the quake's impact at an intensity of 6 on Japan’s seismic scale, with reports of burst water pipes but no significant damage, according to local media. Shikoku Electric Power's Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime, housing one operational reactor, reported no abnormalities, stated Japan’s government spokesperson Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Hayashi cautioned about the possibility of further earthquakes measuring lower six on Japan’s seismic scale.

Notably, Japan faced its most severe quake on record on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude 9 earthquake struck its northeast coast, triggering a devastating tsunami and leading to the worst nuclear crisis since Chornobyl.

Why this matters: The earthquake highlighted Japan's status as one of the most seismically active regions globally. Its geographical location predisposes it to frequent earthquakes, with about one-fifth of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher occurring in Japan. The earthquake magnitude is a sobering reminder of the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that took over 18,000 lives and caused a nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Japan's preparedness and response to this latest quake will be closely watched, as the country continues to grapple with the long-term effects of the 2011 disaster.

As of the time of reporting, no significant damage or casualties have been reported. However, eight people have been injured and the authorities remain on high alert as they continue to monitor the situation and assess the impact of the quake.

Key Takeaways

  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan resulting in 8 people getting injured.
  • No tsunami warnings were issued.
  • Ehime and Kochi prefectures experienced the quake with an intensity of 6, causing minor disruptions.
  • The Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime reported no irregularities, reassuring its safety measures.
  • The event recalls Japan's vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly in light of past tragedies like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.