An earthquake with a ranking of 6.2 has shaken Tokyo and the surrounding area; while the quake shook windows and startled many in the city, no tsunami warning was issued and there have been, to date, no injuries reported. The epicenter of the quake was around 160 kilometers (99 miles) under the seabed off Izu Oshima island located south of Tokyo.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported that the quake struck at 5:18 a.m. local time (8:18 p.m. GMT) and that the quake’s rumbling was felt across a large sector of Japan with Tokyo registering the strongest in the region. The national broadcasting company, NHK reported that this was the strongest earthquake to hit Japan’s capital city since the 9.0 quake that hit in 2011 that left long term damage to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. The 6.2 earthquake did not result in a tsunami warning for Japan despite being felt in Tokyo and across most of the country.
It has been reported that the train system in Tokyo experienced delays of up to 10 minutes and that since the quake, speed restrictions have been placed on the trains and subways as a safety precaution. Thus far, there have been no reports of further damage at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant and the 6.2 earthquake that hit Tokyo did not result in a tsunami warning, which is of some concern as this was the other factor in the reactor damage caused by the March 2011 quake that left over 18,000 killed or missing. The quake has not caused any widespread serious damage or deaths.
By Michael Smith