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Sunday, August 9, 2009

7.1 Earthquake Rocks Tokyo and other parts of Japan

A 7.1 earthquake shook Japan this morning, the August 9th 2009 Japan Earthquake struck 200 miles south-southwest of Tokyo Japan at 7:55 PM. The epicenter of the Tokyo Japan Earthquake 188 miles deep, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Although many reports are calling the earthquake in Japan, the Tokyo Earthquake, the August 9th 2009 7.1 Earthquake in Japan was centred in the Izu islands off the eastern coast of Japan.

With the Japan Earthquake originating under water, there was an initial concern of a Tsunami, which would have been tragic as the Eastern Pacific is already being hit hard by Hurricane Felicia which is currently heading straight for Hawaii. The Tsunami threat was quickly lifted as all sources indicate there is no threat of a Tsunami resulting from the Tokyo Japan Earthquake on August 9th, 2009.

The Japan Earthquake did, however, stop a baseball game as well as several Bullet trains as Japanese officials waited for the shaking to stop. Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and experts believe Tokyo has a 90 percent chance of being hit by a major earthquake over the next 50 years.

In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people

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