Magnitude-5.1 earthquake occurs in Japan


A magnitude-5.1 earthquake occurred in southern Miyazaki Prefecture at around 10:25 April 8. The epicenter was about km (4 miles) north-northeast of Nichinan. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 46 km (29 miles), and light shaking was probably felt in Kyushu and western Shikoku regions.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; significant damage is unlikely.

It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Aftershocks are likely over the coming days.

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake’s epicenter.

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