Japan Hits By 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake, Tokyo Buildings Sway

By on Nov 30, 2010 in Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
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Buildings sway in downtown Tokyo as a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan‘s southern Bonin Islands, several international news sites reported.

The earthquake started on Tuesday at 12:25 pm local time (03:25 GMT) with its epicenter close to the Ogasawa Islands (also known as Bonin Islands outside of Japan), about 800 kilometers south of the main Japanese island at a depth of 480 kilometers.

There were no immediate reports of damage and injuries. There was no danger of a tsunami, Japan‘s meteorological agency said.

According to Wikipedia, Japan is located at the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the juncture of three tectonic plates, giving it frequent low-intensity tremors and occasional volcanic activity.

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