Powerful earthquake near Tokyo

A strong 6.1 provisional force earthquake shocked Tokyo and surrounding areas late Thursday and brought train connections to a halt.

Reuters news agency reports that. The Japanese meteorological institute reports a 6.1 force on the Richter scale. According to the US Geophysical Institute USGS, the quake occurred at 15.41 pm Dutch time, with epicenter at a depth of 62 km.

The quake had an epicenter in the northwest of the city of Chiba, east of the capital Tokyo. There is no danger of a tsunami due to the quake, according to Japanese news channel NHK. The government has set up an emergency action task force, she added.

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Private broadcaster TBS reported incidents of burst water pipes in Tokyo. The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation reported 250 cases of power outage in the city. Four people were said to have been injured in Chiba, according to NHK and a two-story building in the neighbouring city of Saitama was on fire.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world‘s most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20% of all earthquakes in the world with a force of 6 or more, Reuters reports.

On March 11, 2011, the northeast coast was struck by a 9 th earthquake on the Richter scale, the strongest ever in Japan, and a massive tsunami. Those events caused the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.