US Geological Survey

Earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan


US Geological Survey

US Geological Survey

A powerful earthquake shook the coast of Japan May 12, less than 24 hours after another earthquake in Nepal struck.  The Japan earthquake was reported 74 miles southeast of Morioka, Japan, and 24 miles below sea level.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 6.8.

As of right now there is no damage or injuries reported and no tsunami alerts.  Service trains in the area have been temporarily suspended in the meantime.

Four years ago, this same area was devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 18,000 people and started a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant.

For more information about the Japan earthquake,


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