Still yet to recover from the damage caused by Typhoon Malakas, Japan has been hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 early Wednesday in Izu Islads as reported by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The Izu Islands have a population of around 25,000 and there were no immediate news of any casualties or injuries. These volcanic islands which comprise only two towns and six villages are located southeast of Honshu, Japan’s main island.
According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 6.2 miles shook the Izu Islands at about 1:21 AM. Its epicenter has been recorded 382 miles south-southeast of Japan’s capital city Tokyo.
Despite the earthquake, there have been no tsunami warnings coming in from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. There was no impact in other parts of Japan.
Above image: Japan Meteorological Agency officer Yohei Hsegawa points to a screen showing the epicentre of an earthquake near Izu Oshima island at a press conference in Tokyo on May 5, 2014. A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo early on May 5, seismologists and AFP reporters said, but officials stressed there was no risk of a tsunami. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo courtesy: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
However, the Japan Meteorological Agency said that there could be small sea-level changes in coastal areas.
In April this year, Japan was hit by two earthquakes at the southern island of Kyushu in consecutive days of 6.2 and 7.0 magnitudes.
Yesterday, Japan was hit by a Category 3 storm named as Typhoon Malakas which caused destructive winds and resulted in flooding. It was the sixth typhoon to make a landfall in 2016 in Japan.
Reports are that Typhoon Malakas was causing winds of up to 180 kmph. It has been downgraded to a tropical storm after the typhoon weakened rapidly on its course.
More than 600,000 people were advised to leave their homes because of Typhoon Malakas. There were no reports of any casualties.
Meanwhile, the earthquake in Izu Islands is still a developing story. We will have to wait for more reports to emerge from the volcanic islands about the damage it may have caused there.