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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:27 AM

USGS: 7.3 Magnitude Quake Strikes Off East Coast of Japan

Source: Reuters

Strong earthquake hits northeast Japan

TOKYO | Fri Dec 7, 2012 3:31am EST

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake centered off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far as Tokyo and led to a tsunami warning for coastal areas of the northeast, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said. That was revised from an earlier estimate of 7.4.

A warning for a one meter tsunami was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

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FLASH: Warning for 1 meter tsunami issued for eastern Japan's Miyagi prefecture - NHK

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FLASH: USGS says 7.4 magnitude quake strikes off east coast of Japan

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FLASH: Tsunami expected to hit eastern Japan's Miyagi prefecture at 0840 GMT -- NHK

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/07/us-japan-quake-idUSBRE8B607Z20121207

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Reply USGS: 7.3 Magnitude Quake Strikes Off East Coast of Japan (Original post)
Hissyspit Dec 2012 OP
Peace Patriot Dec 2012 #1
Art_from_Ark Dec 2012 #3
Throckmorton Dec 2012 #7
Art_from_Ark Dec 2012 #9
Festivito Dec 2012 #2
Celebration Dec 2012 #4
Art_from_Ark Dec 2012 #10
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #5
zellie Dec 2012 #6
Comrade_McKenzie Dec 2012 #8

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:43 AM

1. Also reported by Asia Pacific News/AFP via USGS

7.4-magnitude quake shakes buildings in Tokyo: USGS

TOKYO: A powerful earthquake measuring 7.4-magnitude by USGS was felt in Tokyo Friday, triggering a tsunami alert on the northeast coast and setting buildings in the Japanese capital swaying violently.

The tsunami was forecast to be around one-metre high, media said. Initial reports put the epicentre near to that of the March 11 quake that sparked a devastating tsunami.

- AFP/ck


http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1241587/1/.html

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:49 AM

3. I was in Tokyo when it hit

And yes, it did shake my building.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:20 AM

7. Trust you are safe and uninjured.

Stateside press reports indicate that there was little damage and few injuries.

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Response to Throckmorton (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:55 AM

9. My building was swaying for about a minute

At first, there was some sort of upthrust motion, like someone was trying to heave the building upward. That was followed by a swaying motion, like a boat on a lake, that intensified briefly. The whole event lasted at least a minute. After that, someone turned on the TV in the office, and we found out that the epicenter was in roughly the same place it had been during last year's Big One. There were big banners on the TV image warning people in a major part of last year's tsunami disaster area to evacuate. While the estimate was for a maximum tsunami height of 1 meter, no one was taking any chances.

Fortunately, the tsunami was not a catastrophic one. Also, the greatest seismic intensity on land was only a 5- on the Japanese scale, meaning that things could have fallen off shelves, with maybe a few windows broken here and there. So, yes, there was little physical damage, although it undoubtedly shook up a lot of people emotionally, especially in last year's disaster area.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:27 AM

2. 7.4 would be about one fortieth of the 9 that hit in 2011.

7.3 would be about one fiftieth.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:40 AM

4. I felt it

Here in Chiba Prefecture, where I am visiting. It lasted quite awhile, thought it would never stop, kind of rolling.........Definitely the biggest earthquake I have been in, but nothing fell off the shelves or anything. It was way out to sea, so I doubt if there was much damage. This place is east of Tokyo, on a sort of peninsula. This is the second earthquake I have felt since I have been here (three weeks).

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Response to Celebration (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 03:00 AM

10. Hello, Chiba

I'm in a neighboring prefecture. I've been here for a long time, and have probably experienced 1000 earthquakes or more. They can be rather disquieting, especially after what happened last year.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:46 AM

5. One metre tsunami

A 7.3 magnitude quake has struck off Japan's eastern coast, triggering a tsunami warning and a one-metre wave that has hit Miyagi Prefecture.

The wave hit the city of Ishinomaki, while the quake was also felt strongly in the capital, Tokyo.
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Other people reported being alerted to the earthquake prior to its arrival by Japan's mobile phone-based warning system.

One tweeted that he was given 10 seconds and was able to slow his car before the shaking struck.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20638696

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:50 AM

6. This was a 4 metre tsunami

 

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:22 AM

8. Jesus, that's the last thing they needed. nt

 

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