Powerful 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattles Tokyo 

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  • A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit simply east of the Japanese capital
  • Officials have mentioned there is no such thing as a tsunami hazard however have warned residents to ‘take motion to guard your lives’
  • The epicentre was positioned within the Chiba prefecture at a depth of 48 miles
  • A bridge in Chiba has been closed after a water pipe ruptured and prepare companies have been stopped 
  • The quake trigger buildings to sway and disruption to companies however there have been no speedy reviews of extreme injury or harm 
  • MORE TO FOLLOW 

By David Averre For Mailonline

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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has hit the Japanese capital of Tokyo.

Buildings swayed, site visitors got here to a standstill and residents have been informed to ‘take motion to guard your lives’ as violent tremors rattled the town at about 10.40pm native time (1.41pm GMT).

But officers have reported no tsunami hazard from the quake which was centred in Chiba prefecture, simply east of Tokyo, at a depth of 48 miles. 

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK mentioned the quake registered a tremor of ‘5 plus’ on Japan’s personal ‘shindo’ scale of quake depth, jolting Tokyo and surrounding areas late on Thursday night.

The power of the quake might trigger appreciable injury to buildings and energy cuts, and residents acquired an emergency warning to their telephones advising them to take shelter.

The authorities of latest Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has arrange a taskforce to co-ordinate native authorities’ and emergency companies’ response to any injury and accidents, with Kishida telling NHK the duty pressure will ‘discover out concerning the newest state of affairs and supply info to the general public in a speedy method.’ 

Several bullet prepare traces have been halted as a result of quake, the broadcaster mentioned, whereas Otsubo Bridge in Ichihara City in Chiba was closed after the tremors brought about a water pipe to rupture. 

The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation reported 250 instances of blackouts within the metropolis. 

‘Without doubt the strongest earthquake I’ve skilled in nearly 5 years in Japan,’ tweeted nature photographer and videographer James Reynolds from Tokyo.

‘JMA exhibits epicentre on east aspect of Tokyo Bay, in Chiba. Magnitude 6.1 with Shindo 5+ shaking within the coronary heart of the town.’ 

The 6.1-magnitude quake hit at 10:41pm (13:41 GMT). Its epicenter was registered within the Chiba prefecture, simply east of Tokyo, at a depth of 48 miles

NHK TV confirmed an indication hanging from the ceiling in its office swaying violently, and mentioned that the ‘Shinkansen’ tremendous categorical trains out and in of Tokyo have been quickly halted as energy traces shook from the tremors.

Many elevators robotically stopped, together with these at Tokyo’s metropolitan authorities constructing, and officers have been utilizing stairs, NHK mentioned.

Yoshiyuki Yoshihara, an official in Tokyo’s Adachi district, mentioned a lot of elevators stopped with individuals trapped inside however later resumed operation.

Video taken within the busy downtown districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku confirmed vehicles shifting and folks strolling on the streets as common, experiencing solely minor tremors.

New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida posted a message on Twitter urging individuals to ‘verify the newest info and take motion to guard your lives.’

The quake has brought about buildings to sway and a disruption of companies however there are not any speedy reviews of injury or accidents. 

Japan sits on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, an arc of intense seismic exercise that stretches by means of Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin.

Last week, a 6.1-magnitude quake struck off Japan’s northwestern coast, additionally inflicting no injury.

The nation is recurrently hit by quakes, and has strict building laws meant to make sure buildings can face up to robust tremors.

But it stays haunted by the reminiscence of the March 11, 2011 undersea quake that triggered a lethal tsunami and unleashed the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The tsunami left some 18,500 useless or lacking.

The quake has brought about buildings to sway and a disruption of companies, and has brought about the contents of some houses and buildings to be displaced, however there are not any speedy reviews of injury or accidents

The power of the quake might trigger appreciable injury to buildings within the capital (pictured) and energy cuts. Several bullet prepare traces have been halted as a result of quake, which public broadcaster NHK mentioned brought about buildings to sway

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