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Japan Earthquake: 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

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Japan just can’t catch a break.

The region that sits atop fault lines, has suffered major earthquakes in recent years, one in 2011, that was considered the worst in Japan’s history.

Tuesday, Japan was rocked by a 6.3 magnitude quake. The quake struck off the northeast coast of Honshu and had a depth of 20.5 miles according to the USGS.

It struck at 8 p.m. local time.

Currently, the U.S. Geological Survey says there are no reports of damage or casualties.

A tsunami warning was not issued following the quake.

In January, the region was rocked by a stronger 7.0 magnitude quake.  According to the USGS, the quake, that was later lowered to a 6.8 magnitude ,and struck near the Izu Islands, south of Japan.

Japan was rocked by another quake in July. In July, a 7.3 quake struck Japan’s northeastern coast.  The earthquake caused a tsunami warning and officials urged residents to stay away from the coast and prepare for possible dangerous waves. The tsunami warning was later lifted.

But it was on March 11, 2011, that one of the strongest earthquakes hit Japan, a 9.0 magnitude, and triggered a subsequent tsunami that devastated the region and left thousands dead and missing.

Pictures of the March Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan

The massive earthquake and tsunami also damaged Japanese nuclear plants and causing cooling system failures and radiation leaks.

Read about the deadliest earthquakes in history

 

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