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. Moldy-mort

    19th century technology is the future, so learn it now while you can : Blacksmithing tools and weapons; carpentry; Cob and Cruck frame building, thatching. Farming: irrigation, well digging; learn to use a scythe, plant by the moon, learn how to keep sheep, process, weave wool. Food preservation. Learn herbal medicines and cultivate medicinal plants. Oh yes, and self-defence when others come to get what you have. Most important: have a big family so you have enough labour/defense force to do all this stuff.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      The small problem with your theory is that enough of the world population will have to be wiped out in order for your prediction to be true. If that happened, most of those skills will be unnecessary because the sheep/cattle will have most likely suffered the same death, and unless you happen to reside very close to a bunch of livestock (or currently farm them), the current owners of the farm and livestock will probably not be willing to share. We have compartmentalized enough of our society that we actually need each other and their talents (what a thought!). As long as there are enough of us left, and we're rational enough, civilization can and will continue indefinitely. It's when people get irrational that we have a problem.

      September 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stats and Percentages keep having babies...

      The current population cannot survive if thrown back on trying to live off the land. There's too many people.
      Over half of the 7 billion people we've got running around would have to be wiped out before the survivors would be able to continue surviving for more than a year.

      September 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • May

      Unfortunately if we were to be without the modern 'comforts' many would perish as they would have no 'will' to live without all those so called comforts. There are enough with the right kinds of skills, fortunately they are respectable and generous souls who are willing to teach those who are willing to learn.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bachmann

    Obviously, it's God trying to punish us. We're all sinners!! Women should always obey their husbands, especially in the kitchen! Gays can become straight if they read the bible! And you're all sinners if you don't vote me in for the GOP nomination!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry Sotero

      Uh, Barry here. Uhh, vote for me. I'm about to kick this thing up a notch.

      September 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealGz

      Doesnt matter if you have 7 billion votes you still wont be President idiot. Also what kind of idiot spends millions of dollars to get payed 500k a year?

      September 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • CADES

      To RealGz we had it to happen in Florida. Rick Scott spent millions of dollars to become out gov and turned down the entire paycheck (but by law has to receive $.12, yeah 12 cents Annually). So he spent tons and tons of money to be able to screw up out state. So it has been done.....

      September 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I know some level headed people have already posted messages like this, but it seems some other people don't catch on.

    This is NOT particularly unusual.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hope the Cuban quake got any Castro types, revolutionaries or convertible sofas.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Z


    September 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kamic

    lots of 6 in one day... Magnitude 6 at depth of 6!

    September 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andy

    Good Grief: Now we have religious nuts and climate change nuts jumping on the band wagon together, that is the only real proof that the end may be near.

    September 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Dragon

      The religious nuts are way different from the people that accept we have had an influence on the climate.

      September 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Since they are delusional, it really doesn't matter what they think.

      September 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillybean

      Well said! I actually debated renewable energies back in HS (1998) when all this global warming crap was at full steed. What a bunch of nuts, they are just as bad as the wingnuts who believe in Revelations. Overcrowding – problem. Where to put all the trash – problem. Poor health due to too many processed foods – problem. HOLE IN THE OZONE – rubbish! I can't even get my asthma medicactions that REALLY work b/c some weathertards convinced a bunch of numnutards at a big meeting that the aerosol in the medicine I use somehow depletes the ozone...but not my paper thin lung walls! So, guess who's without adequate medication these days? Please God save me from your followers and please mother nature save me from the scientists. Zealots of any kind should be put down, they are all fear mongerers, one and the same...

      September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andy

    I actually had a friend I worked with once who had a tree fall on his car, his insurance refused to pay saying it was an "Act of God" he told them to prove it. Guess what he got his check in the mail a short time later.

    September 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moldy-mort


      September 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    That's a lot of earthquakes for one day.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Not really, just the news agencies know it will get people riled up so they report on them more often now.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cat

    7.3 near Fiji about an hour ago

    September 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Pray, Meditate, Pray, Meditate...we can counter balance this energy! We can bring harmony back to this world! Please stop with negativity! Why? Because it does not help one bit. I suggest it as many many of friends are doing it! We pray, we meditate, we are all nod with nature. So please just respect ever ones opinion and so on.....peace love and happiness to you all!!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ma & pa

    @Oh no! P104:5 the earth is firmly fixed; it shall not be moved...Not Out of Orbit like not shakeing and rolling off into nowhere. It was written to reassure people of limited understanding in those times knowing some would put it into context with the knowledge of like today. Why scoff? Peaceful and kind is good. When Yellowstone shakes loose sometime in time again...from dust to dust and back again in peaceful faith the spirit will renew...No Fear.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. E5Mouse

    John 14! Learn about our Lord Jesus Christ! Only God knows when the end of Earth comes! Jesus said when disasters,and famines become more often, then the end is near!

    September 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. george

    Read and it will explain the cause of these earth quakes

    September 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
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