Earthquake measuring 5.0 rattles Tokyo and eastern Japan

By: | Updated: July 17, 2016 12:42 PM

The USGS put the epicentre of the quake 44 km (27 miles) northwest of Tokyo at a depth of about 44 km. There were no were immediate reports of damage.

quake-reu-LThe epicenter of the quake was 44 km (27 miles) northwest of Tokyo with a depth of about 44 km, USGS said. (Representative photo. Reuters)

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.0 on richter scale jolted eastern Japan on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter of the quake was 44 km (27 miles) northwest of Tokyo with a depth of about 44 km, USGS said.

Broadcaster NHK reported that the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power station, which has been shut since 2011, was checked for damage after the quake but none was found.

Japan’s strongest quake on record was one of magnitude 9 that struck the northeast coast on March 11, 2011, unleashing a massive tsunami and killing nearly 20,000 people, besides setting off the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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