5.1 earthquake hits north of Tokyo
Monday, October 17, 2005
The quake was centered 40km underground, in the southern Ibaraki Prefecture.
The high-rise builidings shook but no major damage was reported and only two people were injured. No tsunami warning was issued
Local and bullet train services stopped to check the tracks but service quickly resumed.
Services at Tokyo's Haneda Airport were disrupted by there were no major delays.
Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, with a tremor occurring at least every five minutes. Located in the Ring of Fire arc of volcanoes and oceanic trenches partly encircling the Pacific Basin, Japan accounts for about 20% of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater. Every year, there are up to 2,000 quakes that can be felt by people.
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