6.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Japan Today

USGS earthquake map

(Best Syndication News) - A 6.7 magnitude earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the event happened at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, June 23, (local time for the event).

The earthquake epicenter was located at 39.980°N, 142.247°E and the focus was 19.9 miles deep. The USGS received some reports from people who said they felt it as a light to moderate earthquake. The closest city is Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan that was located 54 miles southeast of the earthquake.

There have been numerous aftershocks since the major 9.0 earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. Almost every day following the major earthquake, there were several 5.0 or higher aftershocks in the Honshu region. The earthquake aftershocks have slowed a little for over the last couple of weeks. However, in the last 24 hours, there were two other 5.1 and a 5.2 magnitude earthquakes that happened off the east coast of Honshu Japan. Off the shores of Tokyo, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake happened in the last 24 hours as well.

By: Julie Marcus

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