31 May '15, 9am

Experts warn #Japan to be vigilant for the next big earthquake after recent powerful tremblors ht…

Experts warn #Japan to be vigilant for the next big earthquake after recent powerful tremblors ht…

TOKYO (AFP) - Seismologists on Sunday warned Japan to stay vigilant for the next "Big One" after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the quake-prone nation, injuring a dozen people. Saturday's quake was the second sizeable tremor Tokyo has experienced in a week, after a much less powerful - but far shallower - earthquake close to the capital on Monday. Some experts warn recent quakes and volcano eruptions may be signs that areas near the country are entering an active phase of crustal changes. "I can say Japan is in an active stage now," said Dr Toshiyasu Nagao, head of Earthquake Prediction Research Centre at Tokai University. "Considering the geographic location of Japan, we can say the current activities are rather normal and it was too quiet" before the 2011 jolt, he told AFP. "We should be vigilant by knowing that it is no wonder that an earthq...

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