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. The-Voices.net

    Wow a fairly minor quake is reported as a strong quake.

    This is just to get more people worried and get more hits, which means more advertising revenue for the news sites.

    June 13, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tee

    Here in Chiba prefecture, it was fairly strong, with a 30-second slow shaking. Check out the USGS for information on DAILY earthquakes around the world...nothing new here, and not the end of the world, no matter what Hollywood tells you. And no, it's not the "King of Kings," but the "Ring of Fire."

    June 13, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vendo Thefastlane

    I'm near the spot where it was strongest, and it was only moderately stronger than the ones we feel every week. It'd probably have to be a 7.0 before there is any chance of damage around here. I don't know why this would be a news story, let alone an international one.

    June 13, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. PK

    Is it just me, or does media's much higher exposure (for better or for worse) of earthquakes around the world are creating the false notion that there are many more and more intense earthquakes nowadays simply because people are aware of them. My personal opinion is that ever since the Haiti catastrophe, earthquakes seem to be a topic of interest to people, especially with 2012 running in people's minds (no comment on whether I agree or disagree with that–that's a whole other debate), a perfect topic for an industry that profits on sensationalism.

    Being a California resident, I have had a habit of checking the USGS homepage everyday for the past couple years and there was a 6-7.5 quake that day somewhere in the world but never reported in the news before Haiti happened.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      A hightened sensitivity is most liely right. But now the sky is actually falling to some.

      June 13, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Spiker

    Can people get CNN in China ??

    June 13, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Suci Suci

    I am in Fukyamama, and I did not feel anything...

    June 13, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Franklin

      You owe me a new monitor Suci! I had just taken a sip of my drink as I read your comment. My screen was spray painted with Gatorade.

      June 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Painful Deceptions

    Kevin I am from Pakistan as well. 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 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Noocrat

    Please stop making stupid, baseless claims... the amount of earthquakes so far this year is about average. Even if it were slightly above average, there are obviously outlier years from time to time, as there is with everything in life.

    June 13, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. gijoeman

    Our continents are being tugged south due to PlanetX entering our ecliptic 32 months to go till this brown dwarf perfectly lines up with us just 3 million miles from the sun. Thats when all hale breaks loose!!! this sux major azz!! Educate yourself on this event NOW!!!

    June 13, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Noocrat

      There is 0 proof of Nemesis actually existing, chill.

      June 13, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      ah yes, ancient man could manage to find most of the planets in our solar system. Classical man even found some that we categorize as large asteroids on the edge of the solar system. Contemporary man can find planets in other solar systems and even give you a fair idea of temperature and atmosphere.

      However, the Nemesis planet is mysteriously untraceable by all of our modern equations, astronomical equipment (even those that do not work off of the visible light spectrum), satellites, etc.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. gijoeman

    Don't count on Goverment to instruct you this will only cause global panic ,The only thing we can watch for is if our cell phones cease to exsist by the middle or end of 2011 This means only scarey shi- is to come!!

    June 13, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      If any physical object in my possession ceases to exist, I will be scared. I wonder what else will suddenly disappear from my pocket.

      I assume that you mean the digital carrier signal will cease to function? The phone itself will still work, but there will be no network with which to connect? This being caused by what exactly...?

      June 13, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 13, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. mydnytmover

    When the log rolls over will alll die

    June 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. 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 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      Well when we are talking about the end of the world. It's the deaths that count. When we talk about the end of humanity as we know it, that is what counts. And we aren't even talking about storms and oil spills yet.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      theonly1:
      we were not talking about the end of the world. We were talking about whether there was a distinct trend of earthquakes getting stronger and more common.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      By the way, what you just said is redundant. Disingenuous already has to do with intellect, so to say intellectually disingenous is redundant. It is like saying stupidly dumb. And if you see my first post. It had nothing to do with strengths of earthquakes, it has to do with the end of humanity as we know it, and it does not mean everybody will die, it just means this earth will do some house cleaning, leaving only certain people to continue.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • theonly1

      And yes, my first post was ONLY talking about the end of the world. But then someone had to question it, and the topic moved to strong earthquakes and then deaths, but my original post, only had to do with the end of the world. And I stick with my original post and conclude it with the death statistics.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • looneybin

      theonly1:
      and as to "concluding it with death statistics" I again point you to the fact that your argument is meaningless.

      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 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. 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 |
  15. 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 |
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