An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale today hit the prefectures of Fukushima and Ibaraki on the east coast of Japan, without triggering a tsunami warning and without any damage being reported.
Tokyo, Japan | The authorities have not reported any material damage or injuries so far, and no irregularities have been observed at the nuclear plants located in Fukushima, including the plant damaged in 2011, according to operator Tokyo Electric Power.
Authorities warned of the risk of similar earthquakes in the coming days, noting that today’s earthquake was the strongest in the area hit by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake on March 16.
The strong quake killed four people and injured more than 200 in Fukushima, damaged infrastructure, businesses and homes, disrupted rail and road links, and threatened power supplies to much of the archipelago, including Tokyo, in the weeks that followed.
The quake left three people dead and 241 others injured, according to a tally on April 7 by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
Over 19,000 houses in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were damaged after that powerful earthquake struck off Japan’s northeast coast.
The number is expected to increase as more affected residents apply for disaster damage certificates.
In Miyagi, 219 houses were destroyed or partially collapsed, while 7,668 houses were partially damaged. In Fukushima, 1,072 houses were destroyed or partially collapsed, while 10,512 houses were partially damaged.
Japan is located on the Ring of Fire, one of the most active seismic zones in the world, and suffers from relatively frequent earthquakes, so its infrastructure was specially designed to withstand earthquakes.