At least two people were killed and around 54 injured in China when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit south-west China’s Sichuan province at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicenter in Tagong town, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Soon another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan injuring 39 so far and many of them still trapped when their homes collapsed, Japan public broadcaster NHK TV said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was also felt in the capital Tokyo 180 km (110 miles) away but no tsunami warning was issued.
In China, 6 of the injured were in a critical condition, while 43 people suffered minor injuries and 19 of them are students of an elementary school.
Japan earthquake destroyed five houses in Hakuba village, known for hosting ski jumping and other events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant nearby is safe, though its all seven reactors are currently off-line. It is the world`s largest power station.
Japan, situated on the “Ring of Fire” arc of volcanoes and oceanic trenches encircling the Pacific Basin, accounts for about 20% of the world`s major earthquakes of magnitude 6 or more.
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Sendai, triggering a massive tsunami that devastated the Pacific coastline and killed nearly 20,000. It also led to the mishap in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns.
- 2014-11-22 13:08:18 UTC
- 2014-11-22 22:08:18 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
- 2014-11-22 18:38:18 UTC+05:30 system time
36.640°N 137.911°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
- 16km (10mi) NNE of Omachi, Japan
- 24km (15mi) W of Nagano-shi, Japan
- 33km (21mi) N of Hotaka, Japan
- 36km (22mi) W of Suzaka, Japan
- 191km (119mi) NW of Tokyo, Japan