Thursday, 4th December 2008
In General Japan News,
Quake measuring 6.1 strikes northern Japan
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has hit the coast of northern of Japan today (December 4th), the Meteorological Agency has said.
Masakazu Murakami, a disaster management officer in Miyagi, said the earthquake caused no damage to the area's utilities, such as electricity, gas, water and phone lines.
He told the Associated Press: "I was in the office when the quake hit this morning, but I did not feel any tremors."
An official from Miyagi police said no reports have been received of damage or casualties.
Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, with the biggest occurring in 1923.
The 'schindo' scale is more commonly used for measuring quakes in Japan, rather than the Richter scale with which we are more familiar.
Japan-guide.com advises people to turn off ovens, stoves and main gas valves following a quake.
Remaining calm, staying inside and avoiding falling objects during a quake are also advised.