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Two quakes jolt eastern Japan


Two earthquakes jolted eastern Japan on Wednesday morning but there was no tsunami alert issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The first quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 , hit at 2:02 a.m. The meteorological agency said it struck at a depth of about 10 kilometers in northern Ibaraki Prefecture and registered a 4 in Ibaraki, Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

Only one injury was reported -- a 71-year-old woman in Chiba fell from bed and sustained a minor arm injury, Kyodo News said.

The second quake occurred at 7:16 a.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.6. It originated at a depth of 50 kilometers in southern Ibaraki Prefecture. It registered a 4 in Ibaraki, Tochigi, Saitama and Chiba prefectures. It registered a 3 in Gunma Prefecture and in parts of Tokyo.

JR East said the Tohoku shinkansen Line suffered a power outage, with operations of seven bullet trains temporarily suspended and other trains delayed by up to 15 minutes, Kyodo reported.

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yeah a jolt, thats about all it was in Akasaka

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Wee bit of activity over night.

Not sure of the science, not sure there is a clear answer, but I wonder are these are "good' as stress point relief or indications of something bigger on the way.

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In Japan, you never know when or where: Be prepared. Stay safe.

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I was near narita airport. It was a fairly short and heavy earthquake.

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i may be down voted, but i really don't think tokyo is the most ideal place for the olympics. i hope nothing happens and people stay safe.

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Great, if the NK missiles don't get you, a mega quake will. What a lovely country to live in...

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I sure hope that nobody was severely injured or died.

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I wondered who was "pushing" my bed... at 02 in the morning - it's pretty scary !

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The first quake had a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale. It registered a 4 on the Japanese scale of 7.

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They both felt stronger than the official "2" at my place in Tokyo. Can't argue with facts though so this doesn't bode well for my apartment's chances in a larger quake lol

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