A 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes in Hokkaido, Japan

 A 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes in Hokkaido, Japan

The Hokkaido island in northern Japan suffered an earthquake on Saturday with a magnitude of 6.1, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Earthquake in Japan
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According to the United States Geological Survey, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit Japan on Saturday. The epicenter was off the eastern coast of Hokkaido, an island in northern Japan.

The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience estimates that the earthquake occurred 61 kilometers offshore of the Nemuro peninsula.

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On Japan's 7-point intensity scale, which detects ground motion, the earthquake registered as a "lower 5" in two municipalities in Hokkaido. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, that is generally a level when goods drop off of shelves and loose furniture may move.

The experts have not issued a tsunami warning. Xinhua, a news agency in Japan has reported the epicenter of the disaster. It was situated at a latitude of 42.8 degrees north and a longitude of 145.1 degrees east at 10:27 p.m. (local time). This information was provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japan is an earthquake-prone nation. But the world has seen a number of significant earthquakes this year. Turkey and Syria are the deadliest in decades.

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The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6 left more than 47,000 people dead. A large number of people ended up homeless. Both nations are still picking up the pieces to repair the damage.

According to Turkish authorities, the earthquake and the subsequent powerful vibrations caused the collapse of over 173,000 buildings, which included about 534,000 flats or other units. Several other buildings have suffered violently.