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. alan

    Oh I meant to add volcanic activity in that mix, my bad.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alan

    @John, All the Continents are moving and always have been moving nothing new there, that's as old as time itself. Some day the North Pole will become the South Pole and vise versa. Then eventually they'll change back again if the Sun lasts that long. Did you know that the Earth is actually two planets, when it was newly formed another planet, twin if you will, collided into the Earth and helped form our atmosphere. The other planet is actually still under the crust of what we call Earth.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I was stating that every continent on Earth is constantly moving.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      That sir, is a load of hooey.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hausinbauderaudisader.

      dude,yeah i smoked the same stuff back in the day,just mellow out it will be alright.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      The Earth is not two planets... You need to take an astronomy class. There are theories that the moon crashed into Earth. However, that does not indicate that there were two earths. On the other hand, you are right about the pole shifting(which will not occur in 2012) but occurs over a span of thousands of years.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Melancon

    Global Warming melts huge glaciers which have been in place and fixed for thousands of years. When they melt, they release tension along fault lines and cause more earthquakes. Humans are doing themselves in.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motoman

      C'mon, glaciers melt, glaciers build up. it's a natural cycle the earth has been doing for thousands, if not millions of years. Weather changes here, remains the same there. A single volcano puts more stuff in the air in a week than we have in a hundred years.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leslie

    People don't cause the earth to start moving, it's been doing that since before we got here, and always will. Take politics out of science people. The earth is too big and powerful, for us to affect it....drama queens....

    September 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeamZippy

      The earth is too big for us to affect it? Have you seen NEW YORK CITY? The Los Angeles Megalopolis? Tokyo? How can you say that with a straight face? Its just simply incorrect, one only has to look around oneself to know how false your statement must be.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeamZippy

      To be clear, we're not moving the earth or causing earthquakes. But we do have an impact on the planet.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Christian girl

    The rocks are crying out to God.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jericho

    I believe in Jesus Christ just like the harlot woman that helped those fine jewish boys out. The building didn't fall on her now did it!!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL!

      Lol, no, that's just a myth.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Hi Everyone,

    I am not a person believing that end of the world is coming.
    But, still shouldn't we be worried of this increased rate of the earthquakes?
    I agree with the fact that small earth quakes are occurring every day, but those are not small quakes...

    The scientist should come up front and give a reasonable explanation about these events.
    They don't come upfront so far... so this is fuelling even more end of the world theories.
    Otherwise I could understand that they know more but they are not saying anything...

    We also probably should understand that other than this planet having its own tectonic plates moving, the planet as such is submitted also to all kind of outside events, probably related to the solar system gravitational effects.
    We know so little about these kind of influences at big scale.

    Instead making wars and killing ourselves for doctrinal issues, we better develop a more universal type of awareness and consciousness which should make us understand our place in Universe.
    Let's use our space technologies to evolve and be aware of our galactic neighbourhood.

    Simple said: let's wake up and get our role seriously as sentient race in this corner of galaxy and Universe.

    All the best to anyone.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motoman

      Scientists don't know anymore than you or I do. It's calculated guessing.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The number of earthquakes is not increasing. Just the amount of reporting by the media makes it seem like they are happening all the time. Look at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php which shows that on average we get 134 earthquakes between magnitude 6-6.9. So about once every 3 days there is an earthquake in that magnitude range somewhere on Earth. Most of the time it's in the ocean so no one hears about it, but if it happens to be near a population center, especially with the social media today, it gets a large amount of attention.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete from St Paul

      Well, Harold Campaign said if not May, then October.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Do you have any data to back up your assertion of an increase in geologic activity? The Earth is dynamic and has been geologically active since its formation. No need to panic.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeamZippy

      Motoman. REALLY? Scientists don't know more than the rest of us? OK. Please refrain from using technology, of a doctor. If you know as much as they do, I'm sure you can come up with the things you need in life all on your own.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    This is it people, earthquakes all over the place, just like Nostrodamus said, and the History Channel has been pounding into our heads for the past two years, 2012, the end of time. Pack your bags and run as fast as you can because you are not going to be raptured, ruptured is more like it.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motoman

      Why run? Ain't no place to go!

      September 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MoFo

    LOL...obviously someone hasn't learned their time zones!!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Todd

    Another useless story. Does CNN think they're the USGS? Do they need to tell us daily about every single minor earthquake in the Pacific?

    September 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A. Earthling

    Karma is a Bit@h!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John nola

    Pray, meditate..., We can balance the world and bring harmony back to our world! Prayer and meditation is the key! Love you all and may peace, and, harmony fill every each of your life. Less negativety and more love!!! 🙂

    September 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROFL!

      No, talking to your imaginary friend will accomplish nothing.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLK

      You can pray in one hand and s%#t in the other and see which one fills up faster.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dick

    Here's an idea, if you dont actually know anything, shutup and keep your home-spun theories to yourself. If you want to learn read some books, take a class, there is an incredibly ambitious geological study called earthscope you can follow. But this evermore popular idea that scientists are sneaky dum-dums who dont know what they're talkin about and souless mouthpiece pundits represent truth because they took earth science in highschool and they mention jesus twenty times a day. That being said the people who dont want to believe we have an impact on the earth arent evil, they just want to justify their way of life. That doesnt make it right but you have to understand that before you can argue.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ed

    You only think there are more earthquakes lately because that is what the media wants you to believe. Earthquakes happen every day. Some big, some small.

    Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    They just had a 6.6 but now I see a 6.2 later on, is that true??? Both in one day?? Mixed with the other 4 over 6 magnitude...what is going on?

    September 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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