M5.5 quake jolts Fukushima, Kanto region


An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck Fukushima Prefecture at 3:04 p.m. Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding there was no danger of a tsunami.

The epicenter of the quake was about 30 kilometers deep.

The quake had an intensity of 4 in Fukushima, Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. It registered a 2 in Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tokyo.

No injuries have been reported.

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Yeah, it got my attention in Shibata, Miyagi.

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I was in my car making a call when it started shaking. It was a good one. I wonder if the folks down in Fukushima were running for the hills just in case.

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Felt it in northern Chiba.

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My Japanese colleagues had a giggle that I was straight out of my seat to open the office door...

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The epicenter of the quake was about 30 kilometers deep.

Actually the epicenter is on the surface, the hypocenter was 30km deep

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Funny? I didn't feel a thing!

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Does everybody know of the asperity model for seismic activity during tectonic subduction?

I think of the Japanese Pacific Coast as one of those music boxes that you crank. It will just keep playing these little seismic tunes as the asperities snap and twang in solid rock as it subducts. I reminisce about listening to "pop goes the weasel" playing on one of those Jack in the Box toys that used one of those music-crank devices. I am pretty sure they don't make them anymore.

Not yesterday, but one of these days, that old clown will pop out of the box, laughing at us when we hit just... the right....note.

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Was just using the restroom at the time. I had gotten the alert before it barely shook in NE Saitama.

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