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5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan’s Honshu Coast


No reported damages or tsunami warnings following the early morning tremor near Tokyo.

Fri 25 Aug 2023 | 09:58 AM
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By Ahmad El-Assasy

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Honshu island, which houses Japan's capital, Tokyo, early this Friday morning. According to Russia's "RIA Novosti" news agency, there have been no reports of damages or casualties. Additionally, the Japanese authorities have not issued any tsunami warnings in the aftermath of the quake.

Media outlets have detailed the seismic event, reiterating that no significant harm or victims have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stated that the quake occurred at 01:48 AM Cairo time, approximately 115 kilometers east of the village "Yamada".

To provide some historical context, in March 2011, Japan experienced a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake off its northeastern coast, resulting in roughly 18,500 individuals either deceased or missing, as reported by "Sky News".

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre previously noted that the epicenter of today's earthquake was located around 183 kilometers east of the city of "Morioka" and 115 kilometers east of "Maiko".

Earlier this month, on August 11th, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Hokkaido in Japan. The German Research Centre for Geosciences revealed the tremor was at a depth of 46 kilometers beneath the Earth's surface, as mentioned by "Sky News".

Additionally, last May 5th, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers rattled the "Ishikawa" region in western Japan. Thankfully, no tsunami warnings, known locally as "tsunami," were issued, as reported by the "Al Arabiya" news channel.