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Large Earthquake Strikes Japan

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An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.9 struck the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).


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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:14 am
Map of earthquake location today (Feb. 2, 2013) in Hokkaido, Japan. Image CREDIT: USGS.

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.9 struck the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). As of this writing, there were no reports of significant damage and no tsunami was expected.

The temblor's epicenter was 68 miles (109 km) from Kushiro and 525 miles (844 km) North-Northeast of Tokyo. It originated deep within the Earth’s crust, the USGS reports. Earlier reports had put the quake at magnitude 6.4. The USGS frequently updates the magnitude of an event after more data is analyzed.

A quake of this size is capable of causing considerable damage and are often followed by aftershocks. But the damage caused by any single event depends on the quake's depth, proximity to populated areas, building standards in the region, as well as the type of earthquake.

Live Science Staff | Live Science

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:35 am
thx Kit, have not yet heard of this. but at this magnitude media probably doesn't feel the need to report.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:44 am
I did not hear about this, hope everyone and everything in nature is ok.

. (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:47 am
This, Japan does not need.

Agnes N (703)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:31 pm
Thanks Kit...

Barbara K (61)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:38 pm
Thanks, my friend, I hadn't heard of this, probably because I had music on instead of the news. What a shame, Japan doesn't need this. I hope there were no casualties and that damage was small. Hoping to hear more.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:55 pm
Noted. Good info on this...many earthquakes have happened in Japan, as well as other places, recently....and the info is often buried. My son was keeping track for awhile.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:32 pm
Heard of Coast-to-Coast I think - somewhere anyway

paula eaton (30)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:22 pm
Thanks. Have not heard about this yet.

pam w (139)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:38 pm
Those poor people!

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:41 pm
notato Grazie Kit

Faye Swan (23)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:05 pm
Thank you- I hadn't heard this. Praying for all!

Alison Murphy (1)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:06 pm
Thanx for sharing!!

Mike S (86)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:10 pm
Noted and thank you KIt. There appears to be a slight error in the article as posted by LiveScience, as the first figure refers to the depth below Kushiro, not distance from . From the USGS website :Location: 42.812°N 143.078°E depth=103.1km (64.0mi).

Mike S (86)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:25 pm
Embarrassingly, it appears I may be the one in error...the lateral distance, as printed in the article, appears to be correct...sorry friends...the nearest city was Obihiro, Japan, 15km to the NE...damage is considered to be light.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:29 pm

Yep, the damage for a 6.9 is amazingly mild. Don't be embarrassed, Mike, question everything.

Mike S (86)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:28 pm
...and correct yourself when in error :D

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:41 pm

That my friend is very rare on Care2, so I thank you for that.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:53 pm
Good news, or at least lack of very bad news:
There was no damage report available when the article was released, over an hour after the quake. It looks like the Japanese government was able to get a warning out to its people and they prepared for the quake appropratey.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:21 pm

That is great news, thanks for sharing that update Stephen.

Vanessa Wolfe (26)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:27 pm
Thank you for update

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:34 am
i read ab. this & got scared. thinking: Stephen Brian said it. Tnx Kit.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:36 am
Hope OF COURSE!! : NONE!!!!!! Damage; No more Suffering for Japanese!

Joy W (100)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 4:32 am
Thanks for the news.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:06 am

Natalie S (13)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:16 am
Thanks - this piece of news did not make it to the local media as they are all in a frenzy about the upcoming general elections. Let's hope that it's just this tremor and there shall be no aftershocks!

lee e (114)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:34 am
Very disturbing, thankfully no damage yet, but Japan is having a lot of natural disasters. Curiously I was reading about th corrolation between global warming and seismic activity, and found that the ice mass acts as a "glue" holding the tectonic plates, and as the ice masses melt there is more activity seismically -- what a conicidence!

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:57 am

I suspect Lee that was meant sarcastically, as it should be, we have known for a long time that each land and ice position is critical to tectonic plate stability. Though I suppose that too irrelevant, it's only science.

Ro H (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:18 am

Gene J (286)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:05 am
There is an incredible amount of activity taking place beneath and near Japan due to the simple geological fact that there are four tectonic plates smashing into each other there, the Eurasian, the Pacific, the North American and the Philippine. What they should be doing is evacuating that poor island because nature is going to do it for them if they don't at a tremendous cost in human life. They, we, everyone knows this is coming, yet we fiddle. You cannot live at the base of a cliff and be surprised when there are landslides, yet this is the equivalent of what is happening in Japan right now. It's not a question of if, but of when. Sad to say, but true.

. (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:22 am
You got it in one Gene. Thanks. BTW Lee have you ever considered that oil and natural gas act as lubricants for some of the plates?

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:25 am

Nah, can't see that one as logical Michael, but the fracturing of ancient mountain ranges under the earth, is no doubt adding to the seismic up tic.

Susanne R (236)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:37 pm
I hope nature decides to take pity on the people of Japan. They've suffered enough already.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 2:30 pm
noted best wishes for those affected.

Cindy Roett (1)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:07 pm
Earthquakes are the Sword of Damocles for the Japanese.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:06 pm

Veronica C (19)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:29 pm
The people of Japan would probably think something was wrong if they weren't having earthquakes! It's pretty crazy.

Brad Kraus (6)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:08 am
Thanks for the report. 6.9 is substantial, but unless there was destruction associated with it, the media has no interest.

Judy C (91)
Sunday September 11, 2016, 2:04 pm
Why is this old article coming to the front page now?
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