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M5.2 earthquake jolts Tokyo; no tsunami risk

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A strong earthquake shook Tokyo early Saturday morning, knocking books from shelves, but authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The magnitude-5.2 earthquake was 57 kilometers deep and was centered in Tokyo Bay, near Haneda Airport, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It struck at 5:49 a.m.

Subway and train service was briefly interrupted for safety checks.

The agency warned that the quake could cause landslides following recent heavy rains.

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As if the flooding isn't enough to deal with.

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The epicentre was near Haneda Airport, not in Chōfu.

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Low calori breakfast, A Shake and Roll.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

earthquakes usually don't scare me, but THIS ONE was scary. Epicenter was so close

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I dont like Rock and Roll for Breakfast.

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That felt pretty big this morning, and keio line is running 30+ minutes late now.

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Short but intense.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It was a rude awakening! Is it possible there is a connection between the excessive amounts of rainwater and the strong earthquakes? There is a lot of weight putting pressure on the crust. Just a thought!

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

This earthquake woke me up . I'm now on the way to work . Trains are busy so please take care getting on and off the trains .

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Is it possible there is a connection between the excessive amounts of rainwater and the strong earthquakes?

This one was 70 km deep and under the bay so, no.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

For once I didn't have to get up early on a Saturday, that was an extremely rude awakening ! As Joha Wilhelm said, it certainly seems to have been nearer to Haneda airport because we're living quite close to there...

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We live in Chofu and it shook very hard here. Sometimes the shaking can be harder somewhere away from the centre. So measuring 5 out here isn't that surprising.

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that was a strong one oO I didn't know what was happening as I was half asleep --

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right under the bay is as close as I care to see

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I live in the northern part of Tokyo. I have the 'Yurekuru' app on my iPhone. The message - again - arrived AFTER the violent awakening. Have a good day. ????

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I don't understand, are you expecting your app to predict an earthquake before it happens?

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My 1 year old is sick and I finally got her to sleep around 3am so it was an absolute PLEASURE to be woken up at 6am today.

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My lady friend woke me up this morning. "It's an earthquake! Do something!"

So I commanded it to stop, and it did.

Just doing my job, ma'am.

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Rivers flooding and the earth shaking - a state of the nature that would have sufficed to convince the ruler that his/her reign was doomed in the Middle Ages.

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The Yurekuru app goes off as soon as the agency sensors feel the earthquake. The system works well if the quake is far enough to allow the system time. If it's too close it doesn't. Get it. It's free.

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I pray that whole of Japan be shifted to a safer place Nowdays we find Japan often in news due to one or the other nature's fury. There has to be a limit to Japanese people patience

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Someone should really do something about those earthquakes

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@fizzbit - yes, yurekuru - which means "a jolt is coming" - usually sends a notification BEFORE the shock waves have propagated to your location since the notification is immediate and sent electronicly. In this case, for tokyo residents, the quake was immediately below us, so it was unusual to feel the quake before the notification. Kinda like if lightning struck close by the event (lightning) and the notification (the thunder) happen imultaneously.

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I pray that whole of Japan be shifted to a safer place

That's whole lot of praying you have on your hands my friend. Better buy some knee pads. Anywhere in particular you'd like to see Japan shifted to?

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hope is not the pre quake for: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/scientist-predicts-another-major-earthquake-in-japan-by-2017

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I live in Kawasaki, I had my alarm set for 5:50am today like most weekends... Then BANG BANG BANG! I was like out of bed in a matter of seconds and opened the door. My wife woke up too, seems we were right in the middle of it.

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The magnitude-5.2 earthquake was 57 kilometers deep and was centered in Tokyo Bay,

Ah! That's what I figured. I mean an earthquake occurring directly beneath the Tokyo or nearby. However, we were lucky it was not a big one. I don't want to prompt fears of the next big one whatsoever, but all that is certain is that it's bound to happen eventually sooner or later. Yes, I only want it happen later. Hahah...

At any rate, we'd better brace ourselves for it, though, it's still unclear when it will come.

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There will be a bigger one. Soon. Maybe.

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There will be a bigger one. Soon. Maybe.

Let me enlighten you about something ,,, If you didn't surprise them , you can't win them at all forget it ,,,

They are prepared until 2028 so get a sleep man

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20150912-00000024-jnn-pol

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harry_Gatto - This one was 70 km deep and under the bay so, no.

Ok genius! Tell me why! Are you a geophysicist? Do you know how far down the crust goes and how much of it effected by the weight of rain water? Can you prove that it is only coincidental? Strong earthquakes very often follow a lot of rain. But, I guess that is too much thinking for an armchair geophysicist.

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Is this 罰 (bachi) - punishment by gods? :-(

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It felt as if my dream was real riding the roller coaster, but soon realized it was a real quake!! but as so many powerful BANGS its over in second and so the dream was just a dream.....

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And another 5+ one up north a little while ago.

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FizzBit:

" I don't understand, are you expecting your app to predict an earthquake before it happens? "

Apparently you don´t live in Japan. Yes, apps such as Yurekuru link to services that warn of the earthquake before it its (in many cases, anyway.) That is also how they are able to stop the Shikansen in that case.

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I am used to an earthquakes.I am not scared any more.

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