Monday, July 16, 2007

Earthquake in northern Honshu

A strong earthquake struck Japan today shortly after 10 a.m. local time. The epicenter was off the north coast of Honshu Island. Tokyo is on the opposite side of the island and over 240 km (160 miles) away, but today's earthquake caused buildings to sway there. The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 6.7 magnitude, while a 6.8 magnitude is reported by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The closest city to the epicenter is Kashiwazaki (pop. 90,000) in Niigata state.

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