BRIEFS: Japan hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

On Nov. 14, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Japan, hitting the costal island of Kyushu and triggering a small tsunami, according to the U.S Geological Survey.

Initially, the earthquake was thought to be close to a 7.0, but was downgraded later Saturday.

According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), the 30 cm tsunami registered off the island of Nakanoshima, part of the Kagoshima region.

Japan-tsunami triggered by earthquakle on the coast

The earthquake struck 159 km south of the town Makurazaki at a depth of about 10 kilometers, prompting fear that the quake would affect a pair of reactors in Sendani owned by the Kyushu Electric Power Co.

“There was no abnormality at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors following the quake,” stated spokesman for Kyushu Electric Naoyuki Igawa in an interview with the Japan Times.

According to a government official in an interview with the Japan Times, “We have not received any reports of injuries or damage following the earthquake and tsunami advisory,” stated Tetsuro Shinchi, a member of ther Kagoshima Prefectural Government. “I felt a fairly strong jolt, but I have not seen anything unusual.”

Far from uncommon, Japan is hit by roughly 1,500 earthquakes annually. The most deadly in recent history being when in 2011, Japan was hit by an earthquake in eastern Japan, leaving more than 18,000 dead or missing and sending three nuclear reactors into meltdown.

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