A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Tokyo and northeast Japan without a tsunami warning

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The quake struck at 5:09 p.m. local time (08:09 GMT) 350 kilometers deep in the sea off the coast of the Mie Prefecture

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Tokyo and northeast Japan without a tsunami warning

FILE PHOTO. People make their way through the Ameyoko shopping district in Tokyo, Japan. May 20, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

A preliminary magnitude 6.1 earthquake was felt in Tokyo on Monday and parts of northeastern Japan, without the tremor triggering the tsunami warning.

The quake struck at 5:09 p.m. local time (0809 GMT) 350 kilometers deep in the sea off the coast of Mie Prefecture, in the center of the archipelago, according to data from the Japan Meteorological Agency. (JMA).

It was the eastern and northeastern regions of the country that most felt the impact of the earthquake due to the plate where it originated.

The tremor reached level 4 of the Japanese seismic scale (of 7 levels and focused on measuring agitation on the surface and potential damage) in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture (north of Tokyo) and in the towns of Namie and Futaba, where the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is located.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area the tremor reached level 3.

< p class="paragraph">The company that owns the plant, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), is checking whether there has been any anomaly as a result of the tremor.

The earthquake caused the temporary stoppage of some trains on the high-speed network in the affected areas, although service was restored around half an hour after the quake.

Japanese authorities did not issue an alert tsunami due to this earthquake.

Japan sits on the so-called Ring of Fire, one of the areas most active seismic events in the world, and it suffers earthquakes with relative frequency, for which reason its infrastructures are specially designed to withstand tremors.

(With information from EFE)