Strong Earthquake Shakes Tokyo; Another Strikes Thailand

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
May 6, 2014; 4:00 PM ET
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A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck early Monday morning about 60 miles south of Tokyo.

The quake, which occurred at 5:18 a.m., local time, was felt across the highly populated Greater Tokyo Area. Widespread shaking was reported; however, there have been no reports of major damage in the region.

Initial reports indicate that 17 people suffered injuries during the quake, mainly from falling caused by the quake, according to Associated Press.

Image of Tokyo at night. (Photo/SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock)

Many trains were delayed following the quake, while some speed restrictions were temporally placed on expressways in the affected areas.

No tsunami was reported following the earthquake along the Japan coastline, and no warnings were issued.

A national broadcaster out of Japan stated that this was the strongest earthquake felt in Tokyo since the deadly 9.0 quake that caused a massive tsunami in March 2011.

No damage or abnormalities were reported at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, which was heavily damaged during the 2011 event.

A separate 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattled northern Thailand on Monday. The earthquake is being blamed for at least 1 death due to a home collapsing on an elderly woman.

About 25 other people reported varying injuries associated with the earthquake.

The quake led to smashed windows and cracked walls in many structures, including several Buddhist temples, according to the Associated Press.

Reports across the north of Thailand also include damaged roadways.

Daily showers and thunderstorms will impact any cleanup efforts across the region through the middle of the week.


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