June 13th, 2010
12:22 AM ET

Strong quake jolts Japan

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was 4.8 miles (7.7 kilometers) deep and struck near the east coast of Honshu, the largest island in Japan, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage. Japanese authorities have not issued a tsunami warning.

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  1. Nick

    What a coincidence.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Nevyn

      You might want to ask the oil company's that are taking out oil and pumping in another substance that doesn't have the same consistency as oil to fill the void, someone even mentioned out in the ocean they pump in sea water. Now how do you think water would act in place of oil under all that pressure and heat too.

      June 13, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • anon

      @nevyn well actually sea water makes sense since you cant compress water but you can however compress oil.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. medicus19

    We have had enough many earthquakes since 1995.No thanks for earthquake.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      I went to usgs dot gov to find this huge earthquake, and it was no bigger than usual. BUT, there is a 7.5 earthquake that happened yesterday in the Nocobar Islands (belonging to India) off Sumatra. What happened there?

      June 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. D

    2012 baby

    June 13, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Captain Craig MacKenzie

    Fairly strong tremor here in Iwate.
    Thought it might be Godzilla.
    There's been nearly a dozen minor quakes in Tohoku
    in the last week or so, but this was the second
    worst in nearly 2 years.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      Was it really that strong? Im up in the northern part of iwate near Hachinohe and I thought it was unusually weak, it just lasted 3 times longer than any others I've felt over the past year.

      June 13, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Brent,
      How can an earthquake be "unusually weak"? An unusually weak earthquake is the ground standing still.

      June 13, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Oh no, not Godzirra!

      June 13, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Craig MacKenzie

      Brent,
      I'm in Shimizuhara on the border with Miyagi. That's over 120 miles south from you.
      Iwate is Honshu's largest prefecture ya know.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • larry

      Bret,

      If you live in Hachinohe, you know the differnce, tell Mabuchi Hi for me

      June 13, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Trees Strong

      ...I didn't know you could hear the roaring earth tremor coming, guess if its like a giant tidal wave,only within the Earth, so Yeaaah one could.hear it coming!!!..i'm from middle Nebraska unfamiliar with such happenings..Got that info first hand from my visitor who was there for the last one: 6.1 depends on yer perspective, but seems plenty big to me..signs of the times I believe..

      June 14, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Irfan Ahmad Khan

    It is very sad. I am a Pakistani and our nation has suffered as all this. I hope there is not much damage.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      I am an american and would like to ask if you find the response to your quakes are timely and have good responses from you governmental agencies or are they poor like are can be here. We depend on each other as I bet you good folks do?

      June 13, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Kevin, the government emergency services in Pakistan are not even close to as good as in America. Most of the relief efforts are led by NGOs like Eidhi Welfare Trust (the largest private volunteer emergency service in the world according the the Genius Book of World Records) and other private volunteer services. Government services kick in as a second line and in case of large disasters like the earth quake of 2005 which killed over 100,000, Army and Reserves get involved as a third line. I live in Canada (and love and am grateful for being in this great country) and know in America and Canada people complain for not getting enough support in case of disasters but if you compare it with other countries we are living in heavens. Off course there is always room for improvement but we must be also grateful for what we already have 🙂

      June 13, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Yes, good thing we consulted the 'Genius' Book of World Records. Hopefully, that was just your automatic spell checker trying to help you out.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. cnvrama

    IS IT Start for the END in 2012 ?

    June 13, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • notopolos

      I'm sure that all of the world's wingnuts will scoff at it, but the Earth is undergoing the most intense level of renewal that it has in the past 2,000 years.

      I'm kind of a Armageddon-ist, but there are some pretty clear signs that we're headed toward something very, very big on the horizon. God forbid that we've been kept in the dark about an "X planet" or asteroid. Wildfire, torrential rain, incredibly strong wind and devastating earthquakes are magnifying in frequency by the month. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if we're all on one of our last trips through the solar system.

      June 13, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      notopolis, ur an idiot who simply likes to spread fear. how can the gov't keep us in the dark about earthquakes? i've studied geology (i'm actually getting a minor in it), and if there's one thing i ever got out of it, it was the FACT that earthquakes have little to no warning whatsoever. please, please, please read up on tectonic plates. the majority of the earthquakes that have been happening are along subduction zones, some of the most active and dangerous plate boundaries on our planet.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Heretic

    Repenter- why don't you get off your knees and DO something productive? I understand why taking the lazy way out is so appealing though.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. josh

    Is it just me or r earthquakes getting worse by the day? Will it keep getting worse up until 2012?

    June 13, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      its just you...

      June 13, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yes, it is just you.

      June 13, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • joshz

      It aint me, find something useful to worry about

      June 13, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Nevyn

      You might want to ask the oil company's that are taking out oil and pumping in another substance that doesn't have the same consistency as oil to fill the void, someone even mentioned out in the ocean they pump in sea water. Now how do you think water would act in place of oil under all that pressure and heat.

      June 13, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. CC

    Well quakes r getting worse & they do say 2012 will be the end but hey its in Gods hands I guess.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • willieboi

      and some say there will be NO more earthquakes after 2012, so who are you gonna believe?

      June 13, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • puzzledponderer

      So... help me out here – 2012 is the end according to which edit of the bible and which translation? Because they happen to be all so very different. Or is it just because my credit card expires in 2012?

      June 13, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. 2012 our next y2k

    Remember 1999 all the hype about y2k...yeah it is the same thing. It is the lazy way to explain natural phenomena. I am a christian and I find it sad that people would flaunt it out in the open like this to demand repentence. People have a freewill and honestly, trying to press beliefs on somebody in CNN is a waste of time. Our planet is simply going through natural phases that can be explained scientifically. There is nothing more to it than that. A true christian doesnt worry about a trivial issue of when the end of the world is. People are simply people and quite simple to jump on a doomsday theory for any event that they cannot explain.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Hale

      i don't worry about it. actually, i want it to happen. naturally though.

      June 13, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Lucas Walker

      You are correct, this planet will be here long after humans are a forgotten memory.

      June 13, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      erm well the Mayans didn't really say much about Y2K though the were too busy accurately predicting future planetary movements.. and if you believe some people, most of the major events in history somehow coincide with Mayan predictions.

      June 13, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Noocrat

      Hah, yeah, the Mayans were GREAT at seeing the future. Were great at dodging the whole Cortes thing.

      Moreover, the Mayans never stated the world would end at that date. That's just the end of the last cycle. There's nothing that says it doesn't just restart at the first cycle.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. antjuan

    Its almost here 2012 the end is near

    June 13, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • j

      no one can judge except CHRIST.

      June 13, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • I love little boys

      well would you ask him for a second opinion on my girlfriends boobs?

      June 13, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hale

    6.1? a strong quake? all I can do is laugh. people loosing their britches over a little quiver.

    June 13, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      its losing... when will some of you people learn how to spell..?????

      June 13, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • EthicZ

      are you stupid? 6.1 earthquakes can be disastrous if it hits in the wrong place. don't underestimate it. We had a 4.4 over here in LA back in April in the middle of the night, and it felt like my house was about to crumble to pieces. Ignorance

      June 13, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nick

    The 2012 idiots are just trolling.

    June 13, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    I'm currently in Tokyo, and while I felt the quake, it was pretty weak down here. Fukushima had a stronger quake earlier this year, and they were fine then. I'm pretty sure it's not a big deal.

    June 13, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philippus Galsim IV

    2012 is just a number ( lottery pick – 4 )

    June 13, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
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