Earthquake measuring 8.5 magnitude strikes off Japan’s coast – sending buildings swaying 600 miles away in Tokyo


Earthquake Damage - Cracks In The Earth - Photo by Martin Luff

The whole of Japan breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday after an earthquake more powerful than the one which struck Nepal in April hit just off the coast – but appeared to do very little damage.

The 8.5 magnitude quake struck at about 8.30pm on Saturday, originating under the sea off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 370 miles, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Most of Japan felt the tremor, but, despite being stronger than the quake which struck Nepal in April, the country avoided a repeat of the earthquake and resulting tsunami which devastated the country in 2011, leaving 20,000 dead.

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