Earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude strikes off coast of Japan

Earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude strikes off coast of Japan

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan, according to the US Geological Survey.

The tremor rumbled south-east of the city of Kamaish, on the country’s Pacific coast.

The quake happened six miles beneath the Earth’s surface at 10.24pm, scientists said.

The epicentre was recorded 180 miles off the coast of Japan.

It is unclear whether the quake has caused any impact on land.

It comes after at least 60 people were killed in a huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake that has struck near the Iran/Iraq border – and been felt as far away as Turkey, Kuwait, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

At least eight villages were damaged in Iran while officials said some (people) might be buried under the rubble – with more than 300 believed to be injured

Six people were said to have died in the Iraqi Kurdistan bordertown of Qasr-e Shirin while local media said the injured tally was as high as 50 people across Iran.

Health officials said most of the wounded were in Darbandikhan, 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of the major city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The earthquake struck along the border with Iran.

Images from Iran have showed buildings reduced to rubble – including one which collapsed on a car.

The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq … Eight villages were damaged … Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas, TV reported.

News Source MirrorNews

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