5.5-magnitude quake strikes near Japan’s east coast – USGS

Agence France-Presse
5.5-magnitude quake strikes near Japan’s east coast – USGS
The moderate earthquake hits at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers

TOKYO, Japan – A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit near Japan’s east coast on Saturday, December 31, the United States Geological Survey said.

The moderate quake hit at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers, 244 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, just after 5:00 am.

Japan sits at the junction of 4 tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year. But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.

On Wednesday, a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 18 kilometers north-northeast of the town of Daigo, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. – Rappler.com

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