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5.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Japan ahead of Trump's visit

Chiba [Japan], May 25 : An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale rattled eastern Japanese Prefecture of Chiba on Saturday.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the quake occurred at 320 pm (local time) and occurred at a depth of 40 km.

The JMA said that no tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of damage to property or casualties as a result of the quake, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Notably, the quake occurred shortly before the arrival of US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump in Tokyo, reports The Washington Post.

Japan is prone to frequent earthquakes as it lies in the 'Ring of Fire', an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggering powerful tsunami waves that caused rampant damage to properties, affecting operations massively in industries and leading to heavy casualties.

It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the history of the country. Over 15,000 people had lost their lives, while thousands of others were either injured or reported missing.

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5.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Japan ahead of Trump's visit

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