Sunday, November 15, 2015

Japan earthquake: 5.8-magnitude aftershock strikes off Kyushu

An aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck off the Japanese island of Kyushu, less than a day after the region was struck by a strong earthquake, seismologists say. (more) 

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the aftershock happened at 4:20 a.m. local time on Sunday and was felt in various parts of southwestern Japan. The epicenter was 128 kilometers (80 miles) west-southwest of Kushikino and struck at a depth of 26.1 kilometers (16.2 miles), making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The early-morning tremor may have been felt by up to 4.4 million people, according to USGS computer models, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami alerts were issued.

Other details were not immediately available.

Sunday's earthquake came less than a day after a strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the same region, causing no casualties.
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