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Index – outside – strong earthquake shook Tokyo

A strong earthquake rocked Tokyo and the Japanese metropolitan area Thursday evening local time, according to Japanese news channel NHK.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake was nestled at a depth of about 80 kilometers on the border of Chiba and Tokyo prefectures, according to the Japan Meteorological Institute.

In Tokyo, buildings shook, and sirens sounded in the streets. Traffic has been paused on several high-speed lines.

According to NHK, no tsunami warning has been issued. There are no reports of injuries or damages yet. Residents have been warned of the danger of possible aftershocks.

NHK also reported that the shutdown of the Tokai-2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, east of the Japanese capital, was not reported due to the earthquake.

Shortly after the earthquake, life in the Japanese capital returned to normal.

Japan is located at the junction of many tectonic plates, which makes earthquakes especially common, and there are also a hundred active volcanoes in the island country.

This year, the 10th anniversary of the 9-magnitude Fukushima earthquake was marked in Japan. Nearly 20,000 people were killed in the tsunami that followed the 2011 earthquake, and a natural disaster caused one of the world’s most serious nuclear disasters at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant there.

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