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. Greag Gregory

    So...What's new?

    June 13, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    I guess the mayans were right about the calendar. The gulf of mexico is dead. Now the land will suffer next. People have started the countdown many many suns ago.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fred May Sr.

    Since December there has been an Earthquake about every 3to 4 days. WHY? Who knows? The Almighty knows.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people seem to think earthquakes are some type of freak occurrence and are somehow a harbinger of bad things to come. It demonstrates an unfortunate widespread ignorance about the dynamic nature of their own planet.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Update....I was way too kind by using the term ignorant. After reading more of the comments here, I've concluded stupid is a better explanation.

      June 13, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Deibito

    Here in Chiba it was pretty strong, my standing mirror was doin a little jig for the better part of a minute. But, then again we get little ones like every couple days so the only difference this time was that I could feel it while standing.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. jul

    2012 for everythinh!!!! apparently theres gonna be a huge change in humanity in 2012(JUST MAYBE) but its imposible the entire world is going down, if it is, then these mayan people must have been more powerful than GOD to predict such a thing.
    These earthquakes are normal things that the planet suffers since the beginning of the history we know of the human beings. We are just a little microscopic ball(EARTH) in the middle of a huge ocean(the universe) which we haven't found yet the beginning, neither the end so how the hell are we suppose to know who created us all and what would happen to us if we don't even know what we are or where we are. So GOD is just a method or a treatment to mantain people on this planet calm and happy because if everyone would know the truth about us humans, everyone would be in anarchy.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Watch the video "Miracles of Quran" on the YouTube which provides scientific evidence of God's existance

      June 13, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      Now THAT's an interesting comment!

      June 13, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hooty McBoob

    It's all those boobs, they caused the quake. Booooooooobquake!

    June 13, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • puzzledponderer

      SORRY!!!

      June 13, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. David Shedden

    JESUS said in matthew 24:7..For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines , and pestilences, and EARTHQAKES, in divers places. 8 :ALL THESE ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS. (king james bible). GOD BLESS.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Trees Strong

      ...and the truth shall set u free...for the bible is very old also...keeps mankind on the right path, huh?

      June 14, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. puzzledponderer

    Nothing here in Hiroshima prefecture. Luckily – because I am mightily scared of earthquakes. 😉

    Well, my girlfriend had a DREAM of an earthquake the night before -gasp- she predicted it /sarcasm

    Some commenters need to read up on geology. Really.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Trees Strong

      ........true that its the yin and yang of things....

      June 14, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. turd

    I know when my ass is under a lot of pressure and heat it explodes..

    June 13, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Stryfe

    bubba jones, you are stupid. Its ignorant fools like you that throw some dumb stuff that isnt even part of the story in there. Then people like me respond, I wish there was a stupid flu, and you would catch it and die!

    June 13, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Hellooooo......Its called sarcasm.

      June 13, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. theonly1

    I'm sorry, but we're going to see more of this.The end really is coming in 2012. The thing most people don't realize is that it is a cycle. We are at the end of a big cycle. But just like the day and night, it is the darkest before the light. We will have to endure some bad things for a while. It is the same for everything in the universe. We live each day, we get tired, we must sleep "die", but the morning will come and we start refreshed before a new cycle in the morning. But now is the time for the old to die. The greed, selfishness and materialism that used to prevail must end to let way for a new and more elevated way to prevail. I have worked in science all my life and I say this based on several sources such as the Jewish Kabbalah, mayan knowledge, mathematics and even the bible. They all point to the same thing. It isn't as crazy as some people think. May all be enlightened so that they may see the new world to come.

    June 13, 2010 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Vultrong

      My shnuts will take over the world in 2012. Thanks for believing in them :).

      June 13, 2010 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adara

    It's not that there are more earthquakes than there used to be... it's that a.) the media is covering them more and b.) people are paying more attention. Shortly after Haiti, I saw a story about a 4.3 earthquake. Earthquakes of that magnitude strike every day. The media milks whatever is the most attention-getting story of the moment. Before Haiti, 5's and 6's were still happening... they just weren't being covered.

    June 13, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      Actually there are more earthquakes than before. Better check out your facts before you write.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. youarestupid

    2012 people: this will be the year you feel stupid for being wrong. do some research before you open your stupid mouth http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/graphs.php

    June 13, 2010 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      That graph that you showed is not very readable. But if you go to the same place and go to "significant earthquakes" and you compare 2002 with 2010 you will see that it is obvious that there are stronger earthquakes in 2010.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      also in all of 2002, according to the same place there were 43 significant earthquakes, and now 2010 it is only june and we have had 32 already.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      yeah at the same place in 2002 up till june there were only 21 "significant earthquakes", actually I forgot to add the earthquakes that just happened. So no we are in june and according to the same place (adding the 2 recent ones) there have been 34. Definitely, more earthquakes are occurring.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      theonly1: man, that's disingenuous. Try scrolling down on the link provided and the graphs are pretty easily read. Your random spot sample shows either an inability to read statistical data or outright self delusion.

      Did you also notice that 2001 and 2000 were more active than 2002, not only more earthquakes those years, but more powerful earthquakes?

      Or by chance did you look back to 1995 and notice that it makes 2002 look, comparatively, like a quiet year?

      June 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      /earthquakes/eqinthenews/2002/
      /earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/
      Its all there in the same usgs government place. in 2002 up to june just 21 "significant" earthquakes, and in 2010 up till june 34 earthquakes. And they are generally stronger in 2010 too.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      To loony bin. 2010 has not finished. And actually in 2010 it appears that there are more "deep" earthquakes. If you look at the red spots. But like I said, if your talking about not being able to read statistics then you should realize that 2010 has not even ended so you still can't compare it with other years.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      theonly1:
      that's correct. That's why I compared your 2002 concept to previously complete solar cycles, like 2001, 2000, and 1995, instead of the current half finished 2010.

      By and by, earthquakes closer to the surface are stronger than deep earthquakes, although felt over less area.

      Using your logic, in 2007, there were 4 earthquakes of an 8 or greater magnitude (most in recent recorded history).

      In 2008 there were 0.

      So obviously, we're past all of the bad stuff right? Things are getting better.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      To loony bin. Also check out THE SAME PAGE, estimated deaths for each year, and you will see that even with only half of 2010 gone by, the estimated deaths are much more than other years. That is what I am talking about. The estimated deaths don't even compare in other years.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      Estimated deaths. From the same page: 2000-231, 2001-21357, 2002-1685, 2003-33819, 2004-228802, 2005-88003, 2006-6605, 2007-712, 2008-88011, 2009-1787, and with only half year in 2010 estimated deaths-225492. NOW that is a BIG DIFFERENCE. And the deaths are what are important and what I am talking about.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      only1:
      That is a meaningless statistic in regards to whether there is a distinct trend of more and more powerful earthquakes.

      Number of deaths does not equal strength of quake, but rather involves proximity of quake center to densely populated areas, compounded by that specific area's ability to deal with the humanitarian disaster caused. I.E. A stronger quake in Los Angeles has less of a death toll that a somewhat weaker quake in Haiti.

      Please stop being intellectual disingenuous.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

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      theonly1

      Estimated deaths. From earthquake dot usgs dot gov: 2000-231, 2001-21357, 2002-1685, 2003-33819, 2004-228802, 2005-88003, 2006-6605, 2007-712, 2008-88011, 2009-1787, and with only half year (up till june) in 2010 estimated deaths-225492. NOW that is a BIG DIFFERENCE. And the deaths are what are important and what I am talking about.
      June 13, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      looneybin

      Your claim was not that this has been a more deadly earthquake year, but rather that earthquakes were getting stronger. Now you would like to crawfish into the statement that it's all about the human casualty.

      99% of those deaths came from 2 earthquakes. There is nothing in any of the data to suggest that 2010 will overtake 2004 in terms of human death, even with the rest of the year to go.

      Especially when taking into account that 2007 was a significantly more active year than this or any other, but only produced 712 deaths.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. hahaha

    All you 2012 loonies are so misguided. Mayans? REALLY? They believed that you had to cut people's hearts out to make the sun work. They had no concept of gravity for Gods sake.
    BTW the track record of people predicting the end of the world is 0%. Would you bet on a horse in a race that had no legs? 2012 will come just like every other doomsday date and ya'll will make excuses like, "we read the calendar wrong."

    June 13, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Vultron

      are you down to party in 2012? I mean might as well since the Mayans said we'll die it must be true.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
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