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2006-03-28 09:35:00

TOKYO -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 jolted the Tokyo area on Tuesday evening, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake, which struck at 10:33 p.m., was felt most strongly north of the capital. The epicenter of the tremor was about 410 km (255 miles) below the seabed in the Pacific Ocean south of Japan's main island of Honshu, the agency said. The quake originated about...

2006-03-26 22:35:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 jolted southern Japan just before midday local time on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami warning was issued after the quake hit at 0250 GMT. The focus was 50 km (31 miles) below the seabed off the eastern coast of Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island. Public broadcaster NHK said the quake was felt for about 15 seconds but there was no major...

2006-02-25 00:15:00

TORONTO (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 4.5 magnitude rattled Ottawa and western Quebec on Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The earthquake struck about 8:39 p.m. (0139 GMT) in the Ontario-Quebec border region, about 30 miles northeast of the Canadian capital. A quake of that magnitude can cause moderate damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremors were also felt in northern New York state and Canadian media...

2006-02-02 23:49:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 jolted the Tohoku region of northern Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in Tokyo. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued, public broadcaster NHK said. The focus of the quake at 11:37 p.m. EST was 19 miles below the seabed off the Pacific coast.

2006-01-08 06:55:46

ATHENS (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook central Athens at 1130 GMT (6:30 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties. The earthquake lasted for about seven seconds and Greek television said it was felt as far away as 200 km (120 miles) north of the capital. In September 1999, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Athens, killing at least 143 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless.

2005-11-05 03:42:20

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, one of the world's most earthquake-prone nations, plans to launch a seismic alert system next year to capture early quake movements and issue warnings of more damaging tremors, officials said on Saturday. A test version of the system, operating in the northern prefecture of Miyagi since February, was able to sound a warning that a big earthquake would strike the city of Sendai 15 seconds before a 7.2 quake jolted the area on August 16, the daily Asahi Shimbun...

2005-10-19 06:57:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 jolted eastern Japan on Wednesday and was felt in Tokyo, but no tsunami warning was issued, NHK national television said. The quake, at 8:40 p.m. (1140 GMT), shook buildings in Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

2005-10-16 17:59:17

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 4.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Southern California shook parts of the state on Sunday, according to the Seismological Laboratory at Caltech, but there were no reports of injuries. The earthquake struck at 2:11 p.m. local time (2111 GMT) about 49 miles south of San Clemente Island and 65 miles west of San Diego. A San Diego police spokesman said they could feel the temblor but had not received any reports of damage. The earthquake was not strong...

2005-08-20 22:29:17

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 jolted northern Japan on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which occurred at 11:29 a.m., the Meteorological Agency said. The focus of the tremor was very shallow in Niigata prefecture, the agency said. A local official said the quake caused a brief scare. "We were surprised initially because it shook pretty much," Hiroyuki Murayama, an...

2005-08-20 21:42:04

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 jolted northern Japan on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK said. The quake occurred at 11:29. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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