6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Miyakojima Island in Okinawa
On Tuesday evening, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck off the coast of Miyakojima Island in Okinawa province, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The tremor occurred in very shallow waters at 22.33 local time and was felt in some nearby cities in Okinawa state. Fortunately, there was no “giant wave” warning in the region following the earthquake.
While earthquakes are common in Japan due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which is home to 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes, the country has highly efficient earthquake monitoring systems in place. This recent earthquake is just another reminder of the importance of preparedness in areas that are prone to earthquakes.