Magnitude 7.8 quake offshore jolts Japan

Magnitude 7.8 quake offshore jolts Japan
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[Ed. – No tsunami is predicted.  This one was south of Honshu and very deep.]

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck off the southern coast of Japan Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo and interrupting subway service, but causing no major damage or injuries.

The epicenter was located 540 miles south of Tokyo in the Ogasawara Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which initially reported the quake as a magnitude-8.5.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that no tsunami warnings were issued. …

The strong quake rattled buildings in the capital for about a minute, briefly shutting down subways, Japan Today reports. …

Naoki Hirata, an earthquake expert at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Research Centre, told NHK that while it was a “very big quake” and “shaking was felt over a broad areas,” there was little danger of a tsunami because it it was centered 350 miles below the surface.

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