Earthquake hits off coast of Japan


At 02:30:07 UTC on April 1, 2016, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Western Honshu coast of Japan. Honshu is a top tourist attraction in Japan.

The government had just announced this week that an emergency response plan will see up to 140,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel, firefighters, and police offers from around Japan dispatched to the Tokyo metropolitan area should a magnitude 7-class earthquake directly hit the capital.

The plan was revised from one drawn up in 2008, reflects estimates of potential damage from such a quake that were upgraded following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan.

Today’s quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers at the following distances:

• 56 km (34 mi) SE of Shingu, Japan
• 79 km (48 mi) SSE of Owase, Japan
• 105 km (65 mi) ESE of Tanabe, Japan
• 125 km (77 mi) SSW of Ise, Japan
• 395 km (244 mi) SW of Tokyo, Japan

There have been no reports of damages or injuries.