6.1-magnitude Quake Shakes Tokyo, More Than 20 Injuries Reported
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Fri 08th October 2021 | 01:40 AM
Tokyo, Oct 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Oct, 2021 ) :A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the Japanese capital Tokyo and surrounding areas Thursday evening, reportedly injuring more than 20 people, but the Japan Meteorological Agency said there was no tsunami risk.
The quake sent buildings swaying, stranded commuters, knocked products off store shelves and triggered emergency warnings blaring from the phones of local residents, intended to give them time to take shelter.
Initial information from the JMA put the epicentre of the quake in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, and said it struck at 10:41pm (1341 GMT) with a depth of 80 kilometres. No tsunami alert was issued.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) put the quake's strength at magnitude 5.9 with a depth of 61 kilometres.
Some bullet and local train services were halted as a precaution after the quake. People in Tokyo were seen waiting early Friday in the Shinagawa station during the suspension of service, while others lined up at taxi stands seeking alternate transportation.
Newly elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took office just three days before the quake, in a tweet urged residents to "please take action to save lives while checking the latest information." Kishida's government reportedly has set up a crisis management center to assess the damage and provide support where needed.
Early on Friday a 5.6-magnitude quake rattled northwestern Myanmar, with the USGS registering the depth at 114 kilometers. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The country is regularly hit by quakes, and has strict construction regulations intended to ensure buildings can withstand strong tremors.