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  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake originating off the coast of Japan rippled through the Olympics Wednesday.
  • The quake struck deep off the coast of the Ibaraki prefecture around 5:30 am.
  • The Japan Meteorological Agency concluded that there was no threat of a tsunami.

A  magnitude 6.0 earthquake originating off the coast of Japan rippled through the Olympics Wednesday, with some in attendance reporting mild shaking ranging from 20 seconds to three minutes. 

The quake struck deep off the coast of the Ibaraki prefecture around 5:30 am, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Insider reported. JMA concluded that there was no threat of a tsunami. 

Reporters on the ground in Tokyo noted a range of experiences with midweek quakes. Sunrise sports reporter Mark Beretta detailed his first experience with earthquake tremors live on air. 

"Welcome back to the Olympic city where we are currently in an earthquake, an earth tremor," he said during his broadcast. "The roof above us is moving and you might notice our lights and camera are moving as well." 


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"That was quite an unusual moment, I have not been through an earthquake before," Beretta told his co-hosts after the event. "We’re in a tower, which at home would be made of scaffolding, but here it is made of construction steel."

NBC's Lester Holt recalled his own experience on Twitter, saying he “felt what appeared to be a mild earthquake.” 

"Around 5:33 am Wednesday morning here. Rolled for a good 20 seconds. Interestingly my crew 3 floors below me felt nothing," Holt Tweeted. "Japanese meteorological agency reporting 6.0 magnitude."


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Japanese officials specially designed games venues to withstand the effects of earthquakes and other natural disasters and developed contingency plans should a catastrophe occur, Firstpost reported.

Toshiyasu Nagao, an expert on earthquake prediction studies with Tokai University's Institute of Oceanic Research and Development, told Firstpost in July an earthquake hitting Tokyo would be “no big surprise.” 

"And it's not just in Tokyo, the risks of an earthquake are everywhere in Japan," he added. 


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Published on Aug 04, 2021