May 5th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

Moderate earthquakes strike Mexico, Alaska, Japan

Moderate earthquakes struck in Mexico, Alaska and Japan on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The first earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck in southwestern Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, according to the USGS. The Mexican Seismological Service put the magnitude at 5.5. Many people exited the buildings they were in, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Then a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded on the Alaska Peninsula 14 miles south of Sand Point, Alaska and 573 miles southwest of Anchorage.

It was followed by a 6.1 earthquake that hit below the sea floor off the coast of the Japanese island of Honshu Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The depth of the quake is 15 miles, the USGS said and the epicenter is located 172 miles from Sendai, near the same zone as the aftershocks that followed the March 11 quake. The Japan Meteorological Agency has so far not released any tsunami warning.

Julie Dutton, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado, said that while it makes some people wary to see several moderate earthquakes (ones that register between 5.0 and 5.9) occurring in such a short time span, it isn't out of the norm.

"It's not something that occurs every day, but this is definitely not something we haven't seen before, or that we won't see again," she told CNN. "Earthquakes are kind of cyclic and sometimes it'll just happen that you'll have an influx of earthquakes around the same time. Other times they'll just be spread out."

For example, Dutton said there was a day in the past week where there were 12 moderate earthquakes recorded in one day. She acknowledged that on that day, they were on the lower part of the moderate scale, and that these three were a bit higher, but said it was certainly not something to be overly concerned about.

"We've had five or six of them every day for the last week, so it's definitely not something that we're concerned about," she said. "Its just pretty random at this point and it just happened that a bunch were higher today."

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  1. Dr Jesus

    Jesus says in the same chapter " there will b gr8t tribulation on earth such as has not been since the beginning, nor ever shall b...but for The Elect's sake those days will b shortened."(Mt 24:21)Then He warns us "Watch there4, for u FOR U DO NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR UR LORD IS COMING (V42) And Jesus further advises "There4 u also b ready, 4 The Son of Man is coming @ an hour U DO NOT EXPECT" (V44) So I guess EXPECTING MAY 21st or 2012 is just wrong!

    May 6, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Hi Dr,
      The ones that will not know when Christ returns are those in darkness(unbelievers). We read this in 1 Thes.5:1-4.
      Christ will becoming for those as a thief. This is very clear. God says in verse 4, but ye "brethren) are not in darkness, that day will not overtake you as a thief.

      The believers will know the time of His return. Revalation 3:3 is also very clear that the believers will know the hour(time) of His return. Once again, we see that He will come as a thief for those not watching(we watch from the Bible)
      Rev.3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

      Christ is coming for those He saved May 21 2011, that is when the "great earthquake" we happen. The world will go on for 5 months and will be destroyed October 21 2011.

      For information on how this was found in the bible you can go to; wecanknow.com
      Dave

      May 6, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. B rad

    +

    May 6, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Rich

    Wrong article man.. LOL

    May 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mike

    LOL

    May 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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