Baku, December 31, AZERTAC
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, early Saturday, the Meteorological Agency said, according to The Japan Times. No tsunami warning was issued.
The 5:08 a.m. temblor, which originated at a depth of about 20 km, registered 4 on the Japanese earthquake intensity scale of 7 in the city of Iwaki.
The quake’s epicenter was 244 km northeast of Tokyo.
Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year, but rigid building codes and strict enforcement tend to keep damage to a minimum.