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. 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 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      What's he gonna do have s blue bonnet margarine summit with mother nature

      September 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SonOfSteel

      Sad but, unfortunately, true.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl Sagan Forever

    Earthquakes, expect them, the planet's surface recycles itself on a regular basis over timescales we fail to grasp with our limited lifetimes and sense of self importance. Greatest contributors aside from the planet's own geothermal activities would be the moon and the sun. George Carlin was right we’re a "surface nuisance".

    As for Global warming, see that star during the daylight hours we call the "sun", that is your primary control of "Global Warming", and cooling I might add. Ultimately the Earth will get hotter and hotter until we are burned to a cinder and the planet resides within the outer layers of the sun. So unless you have several trillion trillion tons of hydrogen to loan our sun on a regular controlled basis things will get hotter on planet Earth.

    Just know that geological evidence suggests humans have had a pretty calm run through their recorded history. Things will get worse for us, count on it.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davethecanuck

      I thought it had something to do with women dressing provocatively... are you sure?

      September 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waitaminute22

      Best. explanation. EVER. I'm totally copying this with credit back to you, of course to explain the other idiots I encounter. That you!

      September 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      Never heard anyone dispute anything you've said, but you seem very angry about something. Yes, the sun does indeed cause global warming. However, global temperature changes have been empirically observed which fall outside the expected trends BASED ON DATA. You seem to be suggesting that this is 'a good thing' with some kind of Martha Stewart like glaze in your eyes. Yes, billions of years from now, the sun will swallow the earth and all life on it will be destroyed. That's not really a solution is it? If that is your solution to climate change, then it's also your solution for acne. Oh, and what exactly is your 'geological evidence' that humans have had a 'calm run'? What does that even mean?? That we haven't found any fossils of humans fighting dinosaurs? Were you expecting geological evidence of humans millions of years ago having a rough day?

      September 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • artman

      To Carl Sagen Forever. thanks for knocking those sheepeles in the head. They have no idea the power of the universe, they are about to experiance" the revelation effect". Now back to work you trolls, rapido, rapidio.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • knowledgebomb

      You do realize that Carl Sagan was a huge backer of man-made global warming, right? See "Billions and Billions" chapter 11

      September 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yada

    @ Dane LMAO!

    September 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    Are Earthquakes Really on the Increase?

    We continue to be asked by many people throughout the world if earthquakes are on the increase. Although it may seem that we are having more earthquakes, earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant.

    A partial explanation may lie in the fact that in the last twenty years, we have definitely had an increase in the number of earthquakes we have been able to locate each year. This is because of the tremendous increase in the number of seismograph stations in the world and the many improvements in global communications. In 1931, there were about 350 stations operating in the world; today, there are more than 8,000 stations and the data now comes in rapidly from these stations by electronic mail, internet and satellite. This increase in the number of stations and the more timely receipt of data has allowed us and other seismological centers to locate earthquakes more rapidly and to locate many small earthquakes which were undetected in earlier years. The NEIC now locates about 20,000 earthquakes each year or approximately 50 per day. Also, because of the improvements in communications and the increased interest in the environment and natural disasters, the public now learns about more earthquakes.

    According to long-term records (since about 1900), we expect about 17 major earthquakes (7.0 – 7.9) and one great earthquake (8.0 or above) in any given year.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      This is directly from the USGS. The only reason why we are hearing about them more and more has to do with the sensationalized media CNN trie to push. "If you click it they will post more and more". Its a sad scare tacit. Anything to gain a click for the add companies.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Time Gilkerson

      or it could be h.a.a.r.p.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      If you're going to copy someone else's material, give credit where credit's due (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/increase_in_earthquakes.php)

      September 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColdWar153

      h.a.a.r.p. cannot cause earthquakes where tectonic stress is nonexistent.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alan

    Can you say 2012?

    September 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IRansucks

    the world is not going to end.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      not right this moment...but it will soon enough

      September 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pedro lapacas

    dont work for nobody but choo

    September 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mary

    these people are in the most precarious situation any humans can be in.. With the nuclear power plants in melt through.. fuel melting into the ground.. A earth quake that now will be the last straw..
    Not just for them, but for the rest of us , who will be eating and drinking and breathing their nuclear mess for thousands of years..
    It's time we all realized, man can not control the earth and natural disasters, and we sure don't need to set nuclear reactors out for that which we can't control, to unleash some thing even more deadly, that we can't control, onto mankind.
    It's time to be aware and find alternatives.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I hope you do realize everyone and everything is radioactive.

      Humans are made of radioactive Carbon-14. We are radioactive.
      We also eat radioactive material like potassium from banana's.
      Radioactive is a natural substance found within earth; its radio-active decay is the reason why Earth is able to produce heat and keep the surface warm.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Teaneck

    There's still time, Brother.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cat Stevens

    I hope Cat Island is okay!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alan

    Here comes the religious and climate change quacks out of the wood works.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alan

    @Mary: yeah China and India's alternative is to go solar power the only problem with that is they are predicted to expel 2.4 million tons a year, yes tons, of lead into the environment once they get their solar plants up to their percentage goals.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    People don't realize that man can actually induce earthquakes. For example, building a dam will cause man-made lake which puts pressure on the mantle. For those of you that do not know, our continent is constantly moving.

    Did you know the entire United States is moving north west by 2 inches every year?! We are going to merge with the Asia continent.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. barney

    Anyone hear of that guy? You know, GOD? Don't be so arrogant as to assume we are in control of anything. We aren't.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      So, what your saying is God is in control but he won't stop evil?

      September 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLK

      Barney your imaginary god must be mentally retarded if he's got all this power you seem to think he has then why is the world such a piece of s$%t? If I had your god's power I could s%#t out a better world than this.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alan

    @Carl Sagan forever: Thank you for a very enlightened answer to something I have been saying for quite some time now which is that the sun, solar rays and the Earth's orbit are the main contributors to Earth's climate.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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