Tokyo earthquake: 4.5 earthquake shakes buildings in Japanese capital | World | News

A series of vibrations shook buildings like an earthquake hit Ibaraki, authorities reported.

The quake measured 4.5 on the Richter scale, indicating that it was strong enough to be felt, but unlikely to cause serious damage.

Ibaraki is located in the Kanto region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, which includes the greater Tokyo area.

According to Reuters, there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The Richter scale is used by scientists to measure and compare the magnitude of earthquakes.

According to the US Geological Survey, “Events with a magnitude of about 4.5 or more — there are several thousand such shocks every year — are strong enough to be recorded by sensitive seismographs around the world.”

However, the Richter scale is not used to measure the extent of damage from an earthquake.

The Survey’s website says: “An earthquake in a densely populated area that causes many deaths and significant damage can be the same magnitude as a shock in a remote area that does nothing more than deter wildlife.

“Major earthquakes that happen under the oceans may not even be felt by humans.”

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The tsunami also led to the collapse of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster released toxic radioactive materials into the environment and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes and businesses, National Geographic reported.

Japan’s location in an area where there are several tectonic plates makes it very prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.


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