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Sunday, January 1, 2012

M7.0 quake rocks Tokyo, eastern Japan; no danger of tsunami

A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Tokyo Sunday, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake struck at 2:28 p.m., the agency said. Its epicenter was located near Torishima, an island about 560 kilometers south of Tokyo. It was about 370 kilometers deep. The U.S. Geological Survey put the depth at 348 kilometers.
The quake swayed buildings in Tokyo and surrounding areas but it did not disrupt the final of the Emperor’s Cup football tournament under way at the National Stadium.
“Some people, who were walking, did not seem to notice the quake,” a spokesman for Tokyo Disneyland said, adding business went on as usual at the theme park after some rides were automatically shut down.
He did not give the number of visitors on the day but estimated it at several tens of thousands.
Train runs and airline flights in and around the capital area were not affected.
A 9.0-magnitude quake and monster tsunami ravaged the country’s northeast on March 11, killing more than 19,000 people, and crippled a nuclear power plant which has been since leaking radiation into the environment.
Wishes for the nation’s recovery appeared to have dominated as the new year started in Japan with tens of thousands of people flocking to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to offer money and pray for good fortune.
© 2011 AFP

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