TOKYO: A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook northern Japan on Thursday morning (Nov 20), in Fukushima Prefecture.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake struck at 10.51am (9.51am Singapore time) at a depth of 40km. On a seismic intensity scale of 7, Fukushima recorded a reading of 4.
In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the region, triggering a tsunami which hit Fukushima, resulting in widespread destruction and loss of life. The disasters also caused a partial meltdown and fires at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, resulting in increased recorded radiation levels across the country.