Friday, May 6, 2011

Another earthquake of magnitude 6.1 was recorded on the east coast of Japan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has hit the coast of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The institute's seismographs detected the quake at 16.58 on Thursday, with a depth of 24 kilometers. It is unknown if there is damage. The epicenter was located 276 kilometers east of Seiden, and 471 kilometers northeast of Tokyo.

Japan is still recovering from the earthquake on March 11, magnitude 9.0, which killed 26,000 people. Since then there have been numerous aftershocks. The tragedy also caused a serious nuclear crisis in Fukushima plant, where workers continue to work day and night to try to cool the reactor core and contain the radioactivity.

Japan sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, so it is relatively accustomed to tremors, most have no serious consequences for the strict building codes in force. Until March 11, the worst earthquake in recent history in Japan was 7.2 on the Richter scale that struck the city of Kobe in 1995, which killed some 6,400 people.

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