September 15th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Quakes hit off Cuba, Japan and New Zealand

[Updated at 10:39 a.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey has revised downward the magnitude of Thursday morning's earthquake off Cuba to magnitude 5.1 from magnitude 6.0.

[Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET] A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit off the southeastern coast of Cuba early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was centered 77 miles north of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 370 miles southeast of Havana, Cuba. It hit at 4:43 a.m.

Forty-three minutes earlier, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake rumbled off the east coast of Japan, the USGS reported.  No tsunami warning was issued.

Both quakes were shallow, striking at a depth of six miles.

And seven minutes before the Japan quake, a magnitude 6.0 quake was recorded off the coast of New Zealand, according to the USGS.

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  1. God

    The only things I ever shook twice either ended up as a frontrunner for the Tea Party or a believer of Creationism. Had a great laugh with Darwin about this just the other day!

    September 15, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      Creationism is so funny. It was created by God to make me laugh.

      September 15, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. LaffinAtCNN

    Yo reporter–why did you headline this "Magnitude 6 quakes hit off Cuba,..." and say in the first sentence, "A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit off the southeastern coast of Cuba early Thursday, ..." and then turn right around and say, "The quake was centered 77 miles north of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 370 miles southeast of Havana, Cuba."

    That makes no sense. The earthquake was far closer to Jamaica than to Cuba.

    September 15, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • nuQler Ostrich

      The earthquake was centered 25 miles SouthEast of the coast of Cuba, which is more than 300 miles from Havana. You do know where Havana is, don't you?

      September 15, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      Wasilla, AK is 700 miles from Russia, but over 3000 miles from Washington D.C. So Sarah Palin lives closer to Russia than the USA!

      September 15, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. sometimes

    sometimes when we shake we rattle, sometimes the earth shakes and then rattles.

    September 15, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • I 8 1 B 4 U

      I felt some rattling going on under my feet
      oops, just a federal express truck driving by....
      never mind.

      September 15, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Christianna

    New Zealand and Cuba have too many atheists and Ja-pan has too many perverts.

    September 15, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      And America has too many religious extremists.

      September 15, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr charming

      And Texas? Texas has too many christians so God allowed it to burn.

      September 15, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      The correct answer was Mormon. Mormon was the correct religion. Thanks for playing.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. George

    This is clearly a sign from God that the end is here. Pack your things and run like hell.

    September 15, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      Yes, run! Even if he never shows up, at least you'll be in shape.

      September 15, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. jerky

    the big one will come 8.0 or higher.the worlds magnetic feilds will reverse there position.the world is going to clense itself,quakes then big flood its happened before it will happen again

    September 15, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • sigh

      By your commanding and eloquent use of the English language, it is clear you are a scientist, and your warning should be heeded. Great spelling too.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Herman in Anaheim

    WE GTTA CHECK OUR GOLD DEPOSITS AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE IN NEW YORK TO MAKE SURE AKK THE SHAKING DID NOT SHAKE OUR GOLD BARS TO OTHER COUNTRIES BINS OR DEPOSIT BOXES. Is the gold still supported by bedrock so the floor doesn't "hit rock bottom?"

    September 15, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      You're really obsessed with that yellow shiny metal aren't you? Things only have as much value as we think they do.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. bezerkur

    if civiliazation does fall 80% of you will fall with it. no more starbucks and spas not to mention the ridiculas shows people watch that you try and mimic. you might want to go camping sometime without electricity toliet or prepared meals for a couple of weeks just to get a idea. atleast now tho you wouldnt have to worry about the marauders. i love chaos. 🙂

    September 15, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      And if civilization falls, what's left of us will get together and decide how things should be run. You know, some of us will be doctors, others firemen, and some will build things. You know, we'll be civilized. Hmm...

      September 15, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • untgraad

      You have electricity toilet? We no have electricity toilet in my country. Both toilet and generate electricity? Wow. Much cool.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. sim

    3 months to 2012!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      woo hoo! And my son will be born. Literally, he will be born in 2012. It would really suck for him if you idiots ended up being right.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. SLIM

    You people making fun of those telling you that the end is coming are the same kind of people who drowned when Noah built the Ark. Don't be that way.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      When did he build that again? Since the world is only about 6000 years old, it couldn't have been that long ago. Maybe it's still And since the whole of humanity still hasn't discovered every species on the planet yet, Noah must have been one clever guy!

      September 15, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      Actually, I have a better idea. Let's call a worldwide truce. You stop pushing your religion on the rational world, and the rational world will stop telling you how thinking "Jesus is coming" is the answer to every negative worldwide event is hilarious.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Roman

    Clearly these earthquakes are from God, just as the 5.8 earthquake that hit Virginia.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      Clearly. He left a note and everything. Hopefully he's insured.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      No, the earthquakes are from earth, not God.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @Breakfast Disclosure, you gave me my first lol of the day! 🙂

    @Harbinger:
    Nice nod to ZZ Top.
    Love that song.
    Hey, hey.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wild Beast

    The scriptures only tell us to be mindfull of the endtimes..... not to try and predict them. That being said. three earthquakes within minuets of each other from all over the world... each measuring a 6 on the richter scale (or 666) could be interpreted as a sign.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      ANYTHING can be interpreted as a sign.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. sim

    Luke 21: 11--There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      I'll use one that I used on a previous page. "The Earth is firmly fixed; it shall not be moved." -Psalms 104:5

      How's that verse working out for you?

      September 15, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Randy

    ahs anyone ever thought that all our drilling and taking oil,and mining may be the real reason for these quakes? something has to fill that empty spot,eh!

    September 15, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
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