BREAKING: Huge 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan coast

November 13, 2017 12:00 AM

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BREAKING: Huge 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan coast

A HUGE 5.8 magnitude earthquake has stuck of the east coast of the Japan, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake hit 218 miles (351 km) east of Sendai, Honshu, at a depth of 5.9 miles (9.5 km).

The USGS initially recorded the quake as having a 6.1 magnitude but this was later downgraded to a 5.8.

It is unclear yet if there was any damage to villages and towns on the east coast.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said it did not believe the quake’s intensity was strong enough to cause any damage to the land.

Japan is located on the Ring of Fire, faults lines in the Earth’s crust around the Pacific Ocean, which is a hotspot for earthquake activity.

In 2011, 15,894 people were killed after a 9.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami with waves of up to 33ft (10m).

Source: express.co.uk

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