Japan Earthquake: 7.0-magnitude quake hits Tokyo region, no tsunami warning issued

By on Jan 1, 2012 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Sunday, January 01, 2012, shaking Tokyo and other nearby regions, but no tsunami warning was issued.

As noted by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on its official website that day, this latest Japan earthquake occurred at 2:27 p.m. (local time) on the first day of 2012, with a depth of 348.5 km (216.6 miles).

According to USGS, its epicenter is at 495 km (307 miles) SSW of Tokyo; 242 km (150 miles) SW of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, and 393 km (244 miles) S of Shizuoka, Honshu.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency measured an intensity of 4 on the Japanese scale of 7 in many locations in downtown Tokyo, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures.

Meanwhile, Kyodo News noted that some Tokyo buildings swayed but there were no immediate reports of injuries and damages, particularly in the areas badly hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

This includes the nuclear reactors of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

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