Posted November 13, 2018 14:03:24Japan’s government on Friday said it had identified a new magnitude 3.1 earthquake as the first to strike the country since it experienced a massive aftershock that killed at least 16 people.
In a statement, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said the quake hit on Friday at a depth of more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).
The epicenter was located in the western part of the country, which was hit by a powerful aftershock on Saturday that killed 17 people and damaged at least 2,000 homes.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the magnitude 3 quake was centred about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northeast of Osaka, where the epicentre was located on Friday afternoon.
Its epicenter is expected to move toward the coast and into Japan’s main islands of Kyushu and Hokkaido, the agency said.
The US Geological Survey said a similar magnitude 3 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean about a week ago.
The JMA said the earthquake was felt as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.
Its agency said it was the third earthquake to strike Japan in less than a week.
On Monday, the US Geological Service said it also had recorded a 3.2 magnitude quake.
Japan’s prime ministry said that at least 10,000 buildings in the tsunami-ravaged coastal areas of Japan were damaged.
It said at least 14 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the quake.