September 28, 2016

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

The USGS is reporting that a 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Japan, hitting about 150 km offshore of mainland Japan.


Japan Earthquake

Google Maps showing where the earthquake hit Japan.

While the epicenter of the quake is offshore, the effects were felt all over Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Here is the USGS Incident Report:  USGS Earthquake Report

At present, a tsunami is sweeping across the low lying coastal areas of Miyangi Sendai Japan and a tsunami warning is in effect for Marianas, Russia, Marcus Islands, Taiwan, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Easter Island, and other Asian coastal and island areas.

Here is a link to the NOAA Tsunami Warning System For the Pacific Area

Many news sources are reporting this earthquake, and most of the sources are reporting it as a 8.8 magnitude earthquake, but the USGS has it listed at magnitude 8.9.

Several aftershocks have registered – ranging from 6.1 to 7.1

All transportation systems and airports in Japan have closed, Reuters is reporting.

For more information on how to prepare for an earthquake, read about how to make your own earthquake survival kit.

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