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8th Strong Quake Strikes Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Posted by feww on February 7, 2010

Eighth Strong Earthquake Measuring 6.6Mw Strikes Japan Region

Background:

Referring to an earlier forecast, FEWW Moderators believe an additional series of 5 – 6 quakes measuring ≥ 6.0 Mw could strike Japan region in the coming weeks.

FEWW Moderators had previously anticipated more powerful earthquakes in the region, including as many as 10 additional magnitude 6+ quakes to strike the region in the coming weeks.

Earthquake Information Issued by JMA at 15:15 JST 07 Feb 2010

Occurred at (JST)

Latitude

Longitude

Depth

Mag.

Region Name

15:10 JST 07 Feb 2010

23.4ºN

124.0ºE

10km

6.6Mw

Ishigakijima Kinkai

Approximate distances (USGS)

  • 115 km (70 miles) SSW of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
  • 225 km (140 miles) ESE of Hua-lien, Taiwan
  • 225 km (140 miles) ESE of Su-ao, Taiwan
  • 2055 km (1280 miles) SW of TOKYO, Japan

Note: USGS/EHP has again downgraded the quake by 0.2 order of magnitude to 6.4Mw

Tsunami Forecast/Watch

JMA Issued a Tsunami Forecast at 15:13 JST 07 Feb 2010 for MIYAKOJIMA and YAEYAMA areas saying that tsunami height was expected to be about 0.5 meters.
However, the tsunami watch was later canceled. JMA said: “No tsunami damage at some of the other coasts though there may be slight sea level changes.:

Fire-Earth anticipates intense seismic activity and volcanic unrest/activity in the Japan Region throughout 2010 and beyond.

10-degree Map Centered at 25°N,125°E


Earthquake Location Map.
Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FEWW.


Political Map of Japan.

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