national

M5.5 quake strikes off Japan's east coast; no tsunami alert

12 Comments

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at a depth of 26 kilometers at 3:13 a.m., about 324 kilometers east of the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture,the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert.

A powerful 7.1-magnitude undersea quake off the east coast two days ago triggered a small tsunami, which was recorded as being as high as 55 centimeters in one place.

Workers were evacuated from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Saturday but there were no reports of any damage. Japan's meteorological agency said the quake was an aftershock of the disastrous March 2011 tremor.

© (c) 2013 AFP

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

12 Comments
Login to comment

No it isn't, we've had thousands of similar earthquakes since 3/11, that was just another small aftershock. I have no idea why yet another 5.5 earthquake in that area is suddenly considered newsworthy.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I wonder if they are aftershocks .. or foreshocks to something bigger?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It's considered by the experts to be another aftershock of the 3/11 quake. Every so often we get little swarms of them. Just because one quake happens to make the news doesn't mean it's any more important than any of the many, many other quakes of similar magnitude that have happened in that area in the last 2.5 years, it just means that the news agencies happened to pick it up. I saw a headline in an overseas paper today saying "M5.5 quake rattles Japan's east coast"- what rubbish, it was barely felt on the mainland, if at all.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I love how some JT posters see themselves as more knowledgeable than the experts...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

didn't feel it at all, and hardy felt the 7.1 here in hachioji.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The eartqhuake wasn't so strong, but the placement, off the coast of the plant, exactly where the recent 7.1 quake was, is a bit worrisome.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Japan should adopt the motto of Paris : "Fluctuat Nec Mergitur" in the hopes it holds true !

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No it isn't, we've had thousands of similar earthquakes since 3/11, that was just another small aftershock. I have no idea why yet another 5.5 earthquake in that area is suddenly considered newsworthy.

And yet, it IS, in fact, in the news, so maybe you should consider what others are telling you. This is NOT the same location as the one on 3/11. That one was further north, in Sanriku oki.

Please note the two quakes below, which happened within days of each other. (There are a few more quakes, in the same area, that have occurred in the same time frame, but I'm too lazy to paste all of them.

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/20131026031347395-260210.html

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/20131028031906395-280313.html

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Time the big one is 2020. Make it a Year of Remembrance for the Olympic Games. No Secrets Act is going to be able to hide the truth and it will go down in history as to how the Olympic Committee could have allowed Shinzo Abe to lull them to decide to pick Tokyo as the venue. Or, was that at the cost of millions of dollars paid for by the people of Japan?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It certainly could be considered an aftershock:

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said that the earthquake(11 March) may have ruptured the fault zone from Iwate to Ibaraki with a length of 500 km (310 mi) and a width of 200 km (120 mi).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

same general location....good luck!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

When is the biggie coming.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites