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Japan hit by two powerful earthquakes; no tsunami warning issued

In 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggering powerful tsunami waves that caused rampant damage to properties, affecting operations massively in industries and leading to heavy casualties.

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New Delhi Published on: May 10, 2019 8:45 IST
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Japan hit by two powerful earthquakes

Two major earthquakes - measuring 5.3 and 6.3 on the Richter Scale jolted coast of southern Japan in the early hours on Friday. The first quake jolted at 10:43 pm (UTC), while the second one hit the region nearly after an hour. 

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake lied 37 km east of Miyazaki-Shi. 

There were, however, no reports of any injuries or damage to property. No tsunami warning was issued following the quakes. 

The Japan Times reports that Kyushu Electric Power Co. says no abnormalities were reported at the nearby Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The Times also reports that nation’s weather agency did not issue a tsunami warning.

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Japan is prone to frequent earthquakes and lies in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggering powerful tsunami waves that caused rampant damage to properties, affecting operations massively in industries and leading to heavy casualties. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the history of the country.

Over 15,000 people had lost their lives, while thousands of others were either injured or reported missing.

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