5.9 magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

07 July 2018, 06:10 PM
A strong earthquake of 6.0-magnitude hit Japan on Saturday (Representative image)
A strong earthquake of 6.0-magnitude hit Japan on Saturday (Representative image)

A strong earthquake of 6.0-magnitude hit outskirts of Tokyo in Japan on Saturday, according to a meteorological agency in Japan.

The quake hit at 8:23 pm (1123 GMT), at a depth of 39 km, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, the US Geological Survey said.

Buildings in the capital were seen swaying, say residents. 

However, no tsunami warning was issued, the country's meteorological agency said, adding there were no immediate reports of damage after the quake.

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The quake comes several weeks after a deadly tremor rocked the Osaka region, killing five people and injuring over 350.

Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where many of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0-magnitude quake struck under the Pacific Ocean, and the resulting tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives.

It also sent three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing Japan's worst post-war disaster and the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

AK-56 seized from Dawood gang member’s house, wife arrested

An AK-56 rifle has been seized from the house of a Dawood Ibrahim gang member in Mumbai’s suburban Goregaon and his wife arrested, police said on Saturday.

“Yasmin Naim Khan (35), wife of Dawood Ibrahim gang member Naim Khan, was arrested following the raid on the couple’s house yesterday,” a senior official of Thane Police said.

The Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane Police seized an AK-56 assault rifle, three magazines, a 9 mm pistol and 13 live cartridges from Khan’s house, the police official said.

The raid followed interrogation of two alleged drug peddlers, Jahid Zali Shoukat Kashmiri (47) and Sanjay Shroff (47), arrested by the Thane AEC from Nagpada in central Mumbai two days ago.

The assault rifle was lying at Khan’s house for a long time, the official claimed.

The Mumbai Crime Branch arrested Naim Khan under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in 2016.

He and some others had allegedly planned to kill Iqbal Attarwala, a former gang member, on the instructions of fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel, the official said.

They were arrested before the plan could be executed.

Naim Khan is currently lodged in Thane prison, awaiting trial.

AEC sleuths are questioning Yasmin Khan why the weapons and ammunition were stored at the house, the official said. She was produced before a court on Saturday in Thane which remanded her in police custody till July 11, he added.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Saturday, July 07, 2018 05:20 PM
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