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4.7-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan, 7 Injured

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Japan Tsunami: From devastation to hope (Before & After Photos)
A magnitude 4.7 quake hit Eastern Honshu region of Japan on Thursday, injuring seven people.

Around 8.21 a.m. local time, the quake hit Nagano, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake was just four kilometers (2.5 miles) deep and no tsunami warning were issued after that, the agency said.

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Six Strong Quakes Strike at Ring of Fire in the Past Week

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About 6 strong earthquakes, the latest in Indonesia, have been recorded in the past week
In March, a magnitude 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake, now known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, hit Japan. One of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began, the quake created a tsunami, killed more than 15,000, destroyed billions worth of infrastructure and caused a number of nuclear accidents.

On Sunday, a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Indonesia's Papua province. There were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued.

Aside from Indonesia, during the past week moderate to strong earthquakes have hit Japan; nations in the Pacific like Fiji; Latin American countries like Chile and Argentina; Alaska in the United States; and even Antartica.

The Irish Weather Online reported that 2011 is on target to record the largest number of earthquakes in a single year for at least 12 years.

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Iran: Earthquake Magnitude 5.1 - Eastern Iran

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 19:47:01 UTC

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 11:17:01 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
30.181°N, 57.559°E

Depth:
37.3 km (23.2 miles)

Region:
EASTERN IRAN

Distances
48 km (29 miles) ESE of Kerman, Iran

141 km (87 miles) NNW of Bam, Iran

152 km (94 miles) E of Rafsanjan, Iran

836 km (519 miles) SE of TEHRAN, Iran

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Near The North Coast Of Papua - Earthquake Magnitude 6.4

Papua Quake_260611
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date and Time:
Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 12:16:39 UTC

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 09:16:39 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
2.391°S, 136.663°E

Depth:
20.6 km (12.8 miles)

Region:
NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA

Distances:
172 km (106 miles) N of Enarotali, Papua, Indonesia

331 km (205 miles) ESE of Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia

1286 km (799 miles) NNE of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia

3336 km (2072 miles) E of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

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China: Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Hits Yushu, Qinghai Province

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted Nangchen County in the Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Yushu in northwest China's Qinghai Province at 3:48 p.m Sunday, said the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The epicenter was monitored at 32.4 degrees north latitude and 95.9 degrees east longitude with a depth of 10 km, the center said in a statement on its website.

A fresh 3.1-magnitude quake shook the Nangchen county four minutes after the 5.2-magnitude quake, according to the center.

No casualties have been reported so far, said Wen Guodong, vice secretary of the prefectural committee of the Communist Party of China.

"We felt the quake strongly in Nangchen, but near our office we haven't found any collapsed buildings," said Drimi Lhundrup, deputy chief of the county government.

Bizarro Earth

Active Week For Ring Of Fire As Earthquake Rattles Alaska

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake (revised down from 7.4 by the USGS) in Alaska, USA, late Thursday was the latest in a series of strong earthquakes to hit nations located along the Pacific Ring of Fire during the past week.

Among the other nations to record moderate to strong earthquakes this week include Japan, Fiji, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Antarctica.

The "Ring of Fire" is an arc stretching from New Zealand, along the eastern edge of Asia, north across the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and south along the coast of North and South America. The Ring of Fire is composed over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.

Pacific Ring of Fire and the earthquakes from the last 7 days
© WIKI / USGS
Pacific Ring of Fire and the earthquakes from the last 7 days.

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UK: Bovey Tracey Earthquake Shakes Devon

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Bovey Tracey, Devon, England
An earthquake has been reported in Devon that reached a magnitude 2.7.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 1445 BST, was near Bovey Tracey, the British Geological Society (BGS) said.

Police said there had been no reports of injuries but some people said their properties shook.

The BGS said it was an "unusual occurrence", with approximately 10-12 quakes of this magnitude felt in the UK per year.

Radio Devon Listeners said they felt the tremors in Okehampton, Bridford and at Moretonhampstead.

Pat Fleming, from Poundsgate near Ashburton, felt the quake and said: "Huge shakes went right through our granite house.

"We thought that something had exploded."

The last earthquake of a similar magnitude in Devon centred on Dartmoor in 1995, the society said.

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Santa Cruz Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.3

Santa Cruz Quake_240611
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date and Time:
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 06:33:06 UTC

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 05:33:06 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
10.919°S, 165.945°E

Depth:
62.6 km (38.9 miles)

Region:
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

Distances:
25 km (15 miles) SSE of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Isl.

444 km (275 miles) E of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.

677 km (420 miles) ESE of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

2280 km (1416 miles) NE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

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US Alaska: Earthquake Magnitude 7.2 - Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands

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© USGS
Date and Time:
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 03:09:40 UTC

Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 06:09:40 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
52.008°N, 171.859°W

Depth:
62.6 km (38.9 miles)

Region:
FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

Distances:
64 km (39 miles) SW of Amukta Island, Alaska

103 km (64 miles) SW of Yunaska Island, Alaska

1677 km (1042 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska

2429 km (1509 miles) W of WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory, Canada

Attention

Tsunami Warning In Effect After Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Hits Japan's Coast

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© USGS
An earthquake with a 6.7 magnitude struck off the east coast of Japan, near Honshu, early Thursday morning.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned that a tsunami about one-half meter (20 inches) could follow, CNN is reporting.

The quake struck in many of the same areas that were hit hard by the March earthquake and tsunami that left more than 23,000 dead or missing in Japan, AFP reports.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to CNN.