Monday, August 10, 2009

Earthquake in japan

From the Wall Street Journal -

The Japan Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Sunday.

The quake swayed houses and rattled furniture in the city at 7:56 p.m. No damage or injuries were immediately reported by national television networks.

The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Japan, near the volcanic Izu Islands, the Meteorological Agency said. The center was at a depth of 340 kilometers and there was no danger of a tsunami, the agency said.

On the Japanese scale of measuring earthquakes, Central Tokyo recorded magnitude four, while other cities in the greater Kanto region and northern Japan scaled at either three or four, the agency said. The Japanese scale measures intensity from a range of one to seven.

Around 20% of the world's most powerful earthquakes strike Japan.

—Daisuke Wakabayashi and Miho Inada contributed to this article.

Fast Fact about Japan -

there is a tremor about every 5 minutes in the depths of Japan... and there are around 2000 earthquakes every year felt by the Japanese populus.

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