Japan has been hit by an earthquake around 16km southwest of Toyoshina, Nagano, Japan. The earthquake struck at 10:05:17 (UTC) at a depth of around 10km according to USGS.
The quake struck the region just after 7pm local time.
At this stage it is unclear if the earthquake has cased any injuries at this time.
Toyoshina is a small town in the Minamiazumi District with a population of around 27,000 people.
Toyoshina is located just 145 miles (234km) from the capital of Japan, Tokyo.
Japan is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes due its proximity to the so-called “Ring of Fire” – located in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
The horseshoe shaped area – which covers an area of 24,000 miles (40,000km) – is responsible for around 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.
Earthquakes are caused when the Earth’s plates grind against each other and pressure builds – tremors are then felt when the pressure is released.
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