Quake Magnitude 7.0 Strikes Near East Coast of Japan!July 19th, 2008 - 11:36 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot
Strong quake measures 7.0 Richter struck off Japan’s eastern coast, ‘Honshu’, reported by the U.S. Geological Survey on 02:39:31 UTC ( 11:39:31 AM JST).
The epicenter of the earth quake located at 37.627°N, 142.111°E at a depth of 40.2 km. The epicenter is just 125 km ENE from Iwaki, Honshu, 130 km ESE from Sendai, Honshu, 145 km E from Fukushima, Honshu, and 305 km (190 miles) NE from Tokyo, Japan.
Meteorological Agency of Japan said the tsunami warning was for around 50 cm.
However, there is no reports of casualties or damages from the earthquake this time, though the quake keeps on going at that region but ten minutes later, the strength is founded to be deceased to 5.3 Richter as reported by USGS.
Japan, which experiences about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes annually, lies in a zone where the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates meet and occasionally shift, causing quakes.
In October 2004, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the Niigata region in northern Japan, killing 65 people and injuring more than 3,000.
That was the deadliest quake since a magnitude 7.3 tremor hit the city of Kobe in 1995, killing more than 6,400.