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5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Japan as deadly typhoon comes

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 12, 2019
Japan typhoon
Asia   Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirmed the earthquake

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has jolted the main island of Japan as Typhoon Hagibis continues to devastate the central region of the country.

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The earthquake recorded a 4 on Japan’s intensity scale of 7, with the epicentre located in the Pacific Ocean off Chiba Prefecture, close to major cities such as Tokyo and Shizuoka on the south coast of the Honshu island. No tsunami warning has been issued.

Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirmed the earthquake, saying that it struck at 6.22pm Japan Standard Time at a depth of 80km in the Chiba-ken region.

Hagibis is advancing on a northerly path over the south of Honshu. It’s set on a collision course with Tokyo and the wider Kanto region, which is set to experience record-breaking rain and winds. The storm made landfall on Saturday evening, having been downgraded beforehand to “strong,” the JMA’s level for typhoons just above a severe tropical storm.


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