Saturday, June 4, 2011

Japan has recorded more than 500 earthquakes of magnitude 5 since March 11

More than 500 earthquakes with an intensity of upper 5 on the Richter scale have shaken Japan from the quake which hit 9 degrees east of the country on 11 March, announced today the Japan Meteorological Agency. Since then there have also been recorded 81 aftershocks with intensity greater than 6 on the scale and 5 replicates cited above 7, has secured an agency spokesman.

Also on 11 March 158 replies were more than 5 degrees, close to the magnitude of the earthquake that struck on May 11 the town of Lorca (Spain and caused nine deaths, three hundred injured and thousands homeless. The Agency Japan Meteorological said that the chances of that in Japan creates new replicas over 7 degrees are becoming smaller.

Nearly three months after the disaster, the number of dead and missing stands at 23,639 people, according to police last count. The 9 earthquake that hit northeastern Japan and subsequent tsunami, with waves of up to fifteen feet, set off a nuclear crisis in Fukushima plant, where workers are working day and night to contain the radioactivity.

Japan is based 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 degrees on the Richter scale struck the city of Kobe in 1995, which killed some 6,400 people.

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