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Japan warned to stay vigilant after earthquake shakes Tokyo

Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo Bay. Image by Yoshikazu TAKADA / CC BY 2.0

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday night, causing buildings to sway in Tokyo for a minute, injuring 12 people and temporarily shutting down some transport systems. Four hundred people were also trapped on the observation deck of Tokyo Tower, as elevators were stopped. As the quake’s epicentre was 676km deep, there was no risk of tsunami. Seismologists have however warned that the country may be entering an ‘active stage’ of crustal changes, urging people to be prepared for the next ‘big one’. Another, less powerful, earthquake was recorded on Sunday morning near the Izu Islands. A volcano also erupted on Friday on one of Japan’s southern islands. Read more: theguardian.com