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2012 Japan Earthquake

January 1, 2012 by staff 

2012 Japan Earthquake2012 Japan Earthquake, According to the USGS, the quake, that was later lowered to a 6.8 magnitude, struck at around 12:30 a.m. near the Izu Islands, south of Japan. The quake had a depth of around 217 miles below the sea and, struck the region 307 miles from Tokyo. According to the Associated Press, the quake reportedly caused no damage but shaking buildings in the capital were reported, trains in the area were suspended temporarily for safety checks but later resumed—Additionally, there were no abnormalities reported at power plants.

The quake did not generate a tsunami warning for Japan or the United States.

“A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas,” read the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

The earthquake is the first for Japan in 2012. It follows a strong quake this past July and another in March that left thousands dead.

In July a 7.0 quake struck Japan’s northeastern coast.The U.S. Geological Survey estimated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers. Japan’s Meteorological agency increased the magnitude to a 7.3 magnitude and the depth to 30 kilometers.

The earthquake caused a tsunami warning. Officials urged residents to stay away from the coast and prepare for possible dangerous waves. Japanese officials reportedly predicted the quake could generate tsunami of up to 20 inches. The tsunami warning was later lifted.

In March, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the same region left over 20,000 people dead and missing.

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