Earthquake Strikes Japan The Day President Trump Arrives

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President Donald Trump arrives at Mobara Country Club to play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

An earthquake shook nearby Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, just hours before the US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived. In fact, the earthquake epicenter was just 6 miles to the south of where President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planned to play golf.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 7 miles northwest of Ohara, Japan and just 40 miles from Tokyo. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 30.4 kilometers and registered in at a magnitude 5.0.

President Donald Trump rides in a golf cart with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before playing a round of golf at Mobara Country Club, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The earthquake was felt in Tokyo where buildings shook but no significant or readily visible damage occurred. In addition, no tsunami threat was associated with this earthquake as the epicenter was located miles inland of the coast.

The visit by President Trump and first lady Melania Trump is largely ceremonial to recognize Japan’s new emperor Naruhito. After a 14-hour flight from Washington aboard the Air Force One, the president’s four-day visit to Japan will focus on diplomacy and trade.

The earthquake yesterday represents a normal state of seismicity in Japan, which has experienced 25 earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater since January 1, 2019. The highest magnitude earthquake to strike Japan so far this year was a magnitude 6.1 on May 9, 2019, near Miyazaki-shi, Japan.

Epicenter of the recent earthquake in Japan.

USGS

Japan sits on the “ring of fire,” a horseshoe-shaped ring that goes from South America to North America across Alaska and Russia and down Japan to southeast Asia. This ring represents the vast majority of earthquakes experienced on Earth and outlines roughly where the Pacific oceanic plate is subducting underneath continental plates to the East, North, and West.

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