6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Island arc off the coast of Japan

January 1, 2012JAPANA strong earthquake has jolted eastern and northeastern Japan, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damages and no tsunami warning has been issued. The earthquake – of magnitude of 6.8 measured 4 in central Tokyo, Fukushima and their surrounding areas on the Japanese intensity scale, which measures ground motion, according to Japan Meteorological Agency. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power said there were no reports of any abnormalities at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plan following the quake. Some high-speed train services in northern Japan were suspended after the earthquake, but soon resumed operations, Kyodo news reported. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake, at a depth of nearly 217 miles, was recorded south-southwest of Hachijo-jima off Japan’s southeastern Izu islands on Sunday at 5.27am GMT, the US Geological Survey reported. The Hawaii-based US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a tsunami. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20% of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater. –Guardian
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14 Responses to 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Island arc off the coast of Japan

  1. yamkin says:

    Direct From New Zealand Earthquake Report:
    Magnitude 4.3, Depth 12 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 1:31 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/3636019g.html

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  2. Chris from Melbourne says:

    http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1571/046/1_1_2012_–_TWO_back_to_back_7.0_magnitude_earthquakes_in_Japan_–_NO_tsunami_warning_issued….html

    Back to back 7.0’s reported here.

    Alvin, aftershocks or a prelude to something bigger?

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  3. Dennis E. says:

    Happy New Year Alvin all the EP friends and family.

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  4. callyrox says:

    Japan is Sinking, most likely very soon.

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  5. Good Luck says:

    Lot’s more where that came from..
    2012 will be the year of a great number of EQ’s and not only in QTY, but in size!

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  6. yamkin says:

    Direct From New Zealand Earthquake Report:
    Magnitude 3.8, Depth 8 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 5:03 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch

    Magnitude 5.5, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 5:45 am (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    (USGS shows Magnitude 5.0 Depth 19 km)

    Magnitude 4.1, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 5:54 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Lyttelton

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  7. Kathy says:

    I feel so sorry for the Japanese people. They have been through so much. May God Bless them.

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  8. K says:

    Poor Japan. Beautiful country. Praying for the people.

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  9. Irene C says:

    This was the first major story I heard this morning. Welcome to 2012.

    Maranatha

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  10. Gen says:

    I just had a quick look over Reginald Roberts long term earthquake forecasts 24 Dec. to 8 Jan. and Northern Honshu is forecast as 5.3 to 7.3 any time now, 3 days either side of 2 January.

    The period 9 Jan. to 22 Jan. has a lot of forecasts in the 6 range. Quite often they don’t come as high as forecast but they usually come.

    http://nextearthquake.com/earthquakes_long_term_forecasts.htm

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