7.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Japan on New Year’s Day downgraded to 6.8 magnitude

January 1, 2012 Japan 6.8 magnitude earthquake map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Japan on the first day of the 2012 (New Year); however, the US Geological survey downgraded the tremor to a 6.8 magnitude. The earthquake occurred at 2:27 pm at the epicenter, which was located on the Izu Islands.

The earthquake was centered 307 miles south-southwest of Tokyo. The nearest major city was 150 miles southwest of Hachijo-jima, on the Izu Islands in Japan. The exact location was at 31.416°N, 138.155°E at a depth of 216.6 miles.

Residents in Tokyo and the surrounding areas reported to the USGS that they felt light to moderate shaking with very light or no damage at all.

With this size earthquake, it is always a concern that a tsunami may occur. U.S. authorities would have to issue a tsunami alert if dangerous waves were to arrive. However, at this time, there has been no tsunami alert announced for the West Coast and Alaska areas.

By: Julie Marcus

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