6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan
September 16th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday morning near the east coast of Japan's main island of Honshu, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake happened at 4:26 a.m. local time, about 67 miles (108 kilometers) east-southeast of Hachinohe, Japan, according to the USGS.

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  1. Squid

    Scientists have for the first time released a study that indicates that man made changes to our climate are also quite probably effecting the movement of tectonic plates around the globe as well.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Simon

      Squid do you have link to the study? My wife an I have conjectured about this – but I have not seen scientific study.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geo888

      That is a complete bunch of BS ..... Can you please provide this 'study' and if you can do these guys even qualify as earth scientists?

      September 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rim

      Scientist and their evidence don't mean anything. Republicans and Fox news tell me there is no global warming and the way we treat planet earth has no effect whatsoever. All these earthquakes and natural disasters have an easy explanation: God is mad about gay people and he's punishing us all.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      Squid, that is just simply wrong. It might work the other way, but climate has no bearing on subsurface activity. Ejected material from Volcanoes can impact the climate, but the temperature above the surface is irrelevant.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladylike

      I so agree with you Squid. We still have yet to see what climate and geological changes will happen. Scary.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • newton

      boo scientists. yay a nation of know-it-alls and internet rumormongers. bye bye modern civilization

      September 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Which "scientists" would these be?

      September 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee Price's Chin

      Warming temperature = expaning oceans, perhaps land masses too! Who knows what affect could take place, but for people like What? to say this is not possible is ignorant. IT COULD!? I'm Ron Burgundy?

      September 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cajr

      thats because nobody gives a shi* anymore. look, thats fine to care about the environment but quit with the linking everything to global warming and what the evil man has done. every one of those scientists were right in the pot with us all if man caused it, which may have contributed but no one really has proven a direct link so far.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • genocide

      Our world will heat up, through natural and man made ways. There is no way around it. Life on the planet will be eradicated. Not even bacteria will survive. Then the elements will reset and balance out giving life another chance. But yes, we are all doomed, by the hands of greed and idiocrasy

      September 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil, CA

      OK, geniuses, how the hell do tectonic plates move as a result of ozone and temperature problems? I think these so-called scientists are recruits of Al Gore so he can make a f/u video to help pay for the first one.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • anobody

      To even postulate that humans have that large of an impact on the planet and its climate cycles and then to add a secondary association to tectonic plate movement is just ludacris. We are infintessimally small in the grand scheme of theings here on earth, get used to the idea and move on.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Openyourmind

      Just look up HAARP and you will see. The government manipulates thee.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkLTzesBxGE

      September 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • phoenix05

      Obama's fault.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • phoenix05

      It's quake season, no it's wabbit season, quake season, wabbit season.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eileen

      That's bs. The tectonic plates are way too deep to be influenced by humans who are mere specks on the surface. I'm sure that "study" was biased from the beginning and not done by anybody legitimate.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TransHuman1

      My understanding behind that theory was that there's a lot of ice locking the plates, and keeping them from moving as freely as they want to (not to anthromorphize, but you get the idea). As the ice starts to melt a bit, it gets slippery and pops out from between the plates (kind of like holding an ice cube tight in your hand, and having it pop ou to your fist).

      Once that happens, there's a lot of built up energy in the plates that gets released, and they "surge" forward – ie, moving at a foot per year instead of an inch, or whatever the ratios are. This is why we're seeing sudden, dramatic movements around the ring of fire, quakes on the eastern seaboard of the USA, etc etc. Just an example of how nothing on the planet exists in a vacuum.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • toof987

      Link or it didn't happen.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Groo

      It's not temperature rises we need to be worried about, it's about a giant hole in the ionosphere that will expose us to potentially civilization ending changes next year if the Sun has a major solar storm as predicted. Think no electricity, anywhere, and months or years before we can put that mess back together. Scientists are already warning the scenario is very possible.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cpt Obvious

    UUhhh.... So an earthquake will strike tomorrow.... Saturday. Talk about up to the minute reporting!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ever hear of the int'l dateline?

      It's already Saturday there, genius boy.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • nhioerjhnih5

      *facepalm*

      September 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Cpt Obvious isn't so observant here. There is a such thing as time zones, and oh of course the International dateline..

      September 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quaker

      JP is an earlier time zone. It is saturday there.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      Wow!!! And these type of people are gonna be the future of the world!! **SHAKES MY HEAD IN SHAME**

      September 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      owned

      September 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Okay, ONE reply about time zones would have done it. Talk about piling on.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey man

      Why are you still a Captain? After all these years, you should be at least Major Obvious or Lt. Colonel Obvious by now. Same thing with Captain Crunch. Serious, quit slacking and maybe you'll get promoted

      September 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil, CA

      You're OBVIOUSLY not up-to-the-minute of the existence of TIME-ZONES! Heloooooo, McFly, anybody home? Geeesh!!

      September 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Having 10 posts all saying the same thing is awesome.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Psychomelody

    I'm near the epicenter. It wasn't bad at all, but just enough to wake me up.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gaadffly

    Just Godzilla snoozin at the bottom of the sea, probably havin a bad dream about fightin Mothra.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • AZMOM

      Nope, Mothra was on my back porch last night...

      September 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaadffly

      Really? Last report I had was Mothra still sleepin in his nest inside Mt Fuji

      September 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaadffly

      NEWS, WASHINGTON DC President Obama will give a speech to the nation this evening outlining his plans to scrap the proposed jobs package bill in favor of a bill designed to reduce the frequency and severity of the worlds earthquakes. This new plan was adopted because it has a much greater chance of success than his jobs plan. hahaha

      September 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cpt Obvious is oblivious

    Uhh... you do realize that in their time-zone it's Saturday already? Capt Stupid?

    September 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shark

    Tsk tsk. Global warming is fake! It's a conspiracy by The Taliban...

    September 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • newton

      you must be a Texan currently living through the hottest recorded Texas summer since modern temp recording began. That massive statewide Texas drought, the worst since '58, has a perfectly simple explanation though. What do scientists know. God's just mad at Texas.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christianna

    This is just one of the thousands of quakes that have been hitting Ja-pan since March. Unusual. May God save the Ja-panese people.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. guest

    Uh... Captain Obvious needs to understand that although its friday in you little world, they're already in tomorrow due to the dateline... Duhhhh...

    September 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cpt obviously unedumacated

    UUhhh... Cpt Obvious Fail, you might try to google the words "time zone".

    September 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    This spot has had numerous aftershocks since that major quake 6 months ago. This is not even the largest.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. matt

    Climate change can in fact impact tectonic plates and volcanism. The reasoning that scientists use to postulate this theory is as follows: melting sea ice raises the water table and lubricates fault lines. Increasing water pressure can cause water to seep deeper into these faults. Retreating glaciers relieve pressure on dormant or slightly active volcanoes which can result in heightened activity. Iceland is a good example of this process. While the effect is not drastic, it is measurable. However this has been a theory for a long time, and it will take an even longer period of time to prove. However also, this effect on release of pressure by retreating ice can be measured near the great lakes, in which the land is 'rebounding' at a 'fast' (geologically speaking) rate of up to 11cm a year! Look it up, quite fascinating! While this is not 'new' it is still relevant to ice melt and global temperatures.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MisawaDude

      It's stupid science. It's like saying a melting ice cube on the floor affects the movement of the floor. The layer of ocean sitting on top of the tetonic plates is a fraction of the total distance under the Earth where most earthquakes are happening. Some of these earthquakes are 10-20 or more underground. Bolivia June 1994 earthquake occurred 600km underground.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mig

    Google haarp weapon or youtube it. scary stuff!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HK

    Rim
    I am speechless at your comment. But then, if you get all information and knowledge from the Republicans and Fox news, it is no surprise. Bet you have no idea what I am saying.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JoJo

    "The earth is just 6,000 years old and this is just growing pains".
    Gov. Perry

    September 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yada

    What a bunch of lun a tics! Why pick on and completely mock someone about the flippin time zone? Does that make you feel superior? You'rd a bunch of BULL IES! Guess you're all so d@mn smart you've never errored? If YOU are our future, with your "loser mentality" we're down the toilet for sure! Shame on ALL of you!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      yada, yada, yada.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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