January 11th, 2012
11:03 PM ET

Moderate earthquake shakes northeastern Japan

A moderate earthquake rattled northeastern Japan Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.

The 5.8 magnitude quake was centered about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Fukushima, the site of last year's historic 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

"This earthquake poses no tsunami risk," the agency's website said.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Japan lies along the Pacific "ring of fire," an area of high seismic and volcanic activity stretching from New Zealand in the South Pacific up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Japan can't catch a break!

    January 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It sound like they're getting ready fall into the sea. I sure am glad I'm not there.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    i wonder if that might put more cracks in the containment of the failed reactors.70 miles isnt very far.as a survivor of katrina i see thunderstorms cause some of these abandoned houses.my heart goes out to them katrina was small compared to what they are dealing with.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio Prefecture) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I'm all shook up...uh ha ha. Oh yeah.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now swivel those hips, Elvis!

      January 12, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio Prefecture) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I think they ought to open up a nuclear enrichment plant in Diiachio with about 10 centrifuges just like the ones USEC owns here.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You do know Elvis wouldn't have those moves if it weren't fo Forrest Gump.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. TORI©

    Hopefully there will NOT be a tsunami.Hi you guys!

    January 12, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |