Saturday, September 17, 2011

Series Of Quakes Hit Off Japan Disaster Zone 9/16/2011

A strong 6.6-magnitude undersea quake and a series of aftershocks hit off the coast of Japan's Honshu island Saturday, not far from the area ravaged by a huge March quake and tsunami, geologists said. The first earthquake was followed by two smaller tremors and then a fourth, 6.2-magnitude quake, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no widespread tsunami warning.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the 36.2-kilometre (22.6-mile) deep quake hit 108 kilometres east-south-east of the coastal town of Hachinohe, 574 kilometres from the capital Tokyo, at 4:26 am (1926 GMT Friday). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "no destructive widespread tsunami risk exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data".

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