May 5, 2017

Another Earthquake in Japan – Magnitude 6.7

An area of Japan is still recovering from a catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in March 2011, and recently Japan’s northeastern region experienced a 6.7 magnitude quake in the same region, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey and reported by the USA Today.


Japan Earthquake in June of 2011

Unlike the devastation caused by the earlier quake and tsunami, this most recent quake did not result in the large scale death and destruction. USA Today reports that no injuries or damages have been reported as a result of the quake. The March 2011 quake and tsunami left over 23,000 dead or missing according to previous reports.

Japan is no stranger to earthquakes. It sits squarely above the Pacific Ring of Fire,a 40,000 kilometer basin in the Pacific ocean that is responsible for 90% of earthquakes across the globe, including 80% of the most severe ones. Because of this, Japan experiences frequent earthquakes, though few that are as destructive as the March 2011 one.

The most recent quake occurred 19.9 miles into the earth’s crust at 11:32 local time, and it’s tremors were felt as far as 325 miles southwest in Tokyo. Immediately following the quake, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a tsunami warning but quickly removed the warning less than an hour later reports USA Today.

Following any earthquake of a large magnitude, it is common for the same region to experience hundreds of smaller aftershocks during the ensuing months. The 6.7 magnitude quake to most recently hit the northeastern portion of Japan is one of the larger ones following the March 2011 one.

Luckily, with no reported injuries or damage, this devastated region evaded setbacks to their recovery efforts. Three months past the March 2011 quake, the region is slowly cleaning up and rebuilding ñ hoping to minimize the long-term effects on the economy.

A larger quake with even mild devastation and damage could set the rebuilding efforts back considerably and have lasting effects on both the Japanese economy and the worldwide one. With this most recent quake at least, Japan’s northeastern area residents can rest easy and continue their rebuilding efforts without adding more devastation and heartache to the process.

For more information, read:

USGS Earthquake Report

New York Times article on the Powerful Quake and Tsunami that Devastated Japan on March 11, 2011

Wikipedia Entry on the Pacific Ring of Fire

Daily Mail article (UK newspaper) on Japan’s Recovery from the March Earthquake with Photos Showing Progress


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