Japan Earthquake Today 2012

January 1, 2012 by staff 

Japan Earthquake Today 2012Japan Earthquake Today 2012, A magnitude 6.8 earthquake has struck the Izu Islands in Japan on Sunday, January 1, 2012, according to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The Izu Islands are a group of more than a dozen volcanic islands 495 km (307 miles) South-Southwest of Tokyo.

The earthquake occurred at 14:27 JST (05:27 UTC), with an epicenter at 31.416°N, 138.155°E, at a depth of 348.5 km (216.6 miles).

The information was provided in a Prelimimary Earthquake Report by the USGS National Earthquake Information Center using data from the NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, USA.

Further information on any casualties or damage was not available at this time, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a tsunami warning at the time of this publication.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast of Tohoku in Japan. The 2011 Tohoku earthquake was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and it triggered a powerful tsunami and sparked a nuclear crisis.

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