M5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo


An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 rattled eastern Japan including the Tokyo metropolitan area early Tuesday, the weather agency said.

The temblor struck at 4:53 a.m. in southern Ibaraki Prefecture with a focus about 50 kilometers below the surface, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency did not issue a tsunami warning.

The quake registered 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in parts of Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Saitama prefectures. The shaking was also felt across a wide area in eastern Japan including Tokyo, Yokohama and Chiba.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage from the quake.


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Nice little shake and wake not the kind I prefer though....

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The quake didn't wake me up, but the wife did. Quite what she wanted me to do about it, I don't know. So I commanded it to stop, and it stopped.

You're welcome.

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No guarantees on what the earth wants to do.

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No guarantees on what the earth wants to do.

Really? Are you sure we can´t blame orangeman for this? Come on, lets try.

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7 minutes before my alarm was due to go off...

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Preliminary 5.0...? The networks argue otherwise - magnitude of 4.0. Which one is it? Any takers?

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In the past I've slept through a number of quakes that were all over the news when I got up in the morning.

This one had me sitting up in bed wide awake, though it didn't seem to disturb the dogs at all and there was no quake alert on the smartphones.

Invalid CSRF

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