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6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Japan

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the treacherous-earth dept.

Japan 69

tekgoblin writes "Japan shook with yet another earthquake today. Its magnitude was 6.6 and its epicenter was about 60 miles off shore. Initially Japan had warned citizens of a possible tsunami, but they've since cancelled it. No damage or casualties have been reported."

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UH-OH !! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424440)

Here we go again !!

Godzilla !!

Re:UH-OH !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424446)

It's Gojeera. Go-zheer-uh. :>

Re:UH-OH !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424798)

First off, 'zh' typically represents another sound, such as in pleasure. Second off, 'ji' would be more appropriate than 'jee,' which would be more like an 'jeh' sound, like jelly. Third off, calling Godzilla Gojira is like calling Japan Nihon. If you were serious, consider yourself schooled. If you were joking, consider me whooshed.

Re:UH-OH !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37425012)

Consider yourself whooshed

Re:UH-OH !! (1)

Hylandr (813770) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425678)

My head just exploded...

Re:UH-OH !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37427400)

Did you mean that as an elaborate troll to end off with Nippon and fuck it up?

Breaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424442)

Japan gets earthquakes. Nothing to see here.

Re:Breaking (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424522)

Agreed, how on earth is an average earthquake in a country that is used to minor earthquakes. Just because there was an earthquake to break all recorded records over there once, Next news story, thunderstorm hits new orleans, no deaths or damage.

Re:Breaking (2)

adnonsense (826530) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424976)

I live in Japan and this kind of quake has been common since March, and is nothing to get excited about or make a special report on. When I saw the article headline (not long after waking up) I thought I might have missed something big, but no, it's just another offshore tremor.

Re:Breaking (1)

DinDaddy (1168147) | more than 3 years ago | (#37427382)

Indeed. There were something like twenty 6+ quakes while I was there in April June and July.

Only thing I can think is there were a few in one day and it got noticed. Kind of sad that the whole Japan recovery effort is pretty much absent from the US media.

Re:Breaking (1)

gordo3000 (785698) | more than 3 years ago | (#37435868)

which earthquake broke all records? the march quake didn't even come close ,except in nominal dollar damage. The worst was the Great Tokyo quake with over 100k dead. And Japan's earthquakes are not generally known for incredible strength, those being in Chile, Alaska and Sumatra.

Re:Breaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424766)

Yeah, I don't get it either. Japan has like 1500 earthquakes every year.

Unless it's a major one, who cares. Nobody gives a fuck about a little 6.6 quake that happens several times a month, it's normal.

Leapin' Lizards (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424444)

I just pooped in my fucking pants! Eat me, Japan @_@

Go back home... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424456)

The Earth is telling the Japanese people to go back to their native land of Korea.

Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425066)

Some how I don't think the current occupants of Korean peninsula would be receptive to the idea... indeed, I suspect many of them would find the very concept of being grouped with the Japanese as being of same origin deeply insulting, irrespective of what genetical evidence there might be.

And please don't encourage the Japanese to try to reestablish the Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere again; the last time they tried it, most other occupants of the said sphere did not fare well...

This just in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424484)

Tsunami hits Japan, Japan completely unprepared

Re:This just in (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425492)

Tsunami hits Japan, Japan completely unprepared

They didn't even have a word for it!

What a Hint ... (0)

foobsr (693224) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424494)

This gave me the chance to realize that the 'subline' "news for nerds, stuff that matters" has been removed, presumably with the all new design. Right so!

CC.

Re:What a Hint ... (2)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424510)

You realize it's still in the main page's title right?

Re:What a Hint ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424654)

you realize its not right? just checked the main paid (un-logged in posting as AC) and its no longer there.

Re:What a Hint ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424800)

You realize you're full of shit, right? Just checked the main page, and right there in the browser's title bar, "Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters - Mozilla Firefox". Running no add-ons, plugins, or custom CSS.

Re:What a Hint ... (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424714)

Can you show it to me.
Because I am having a problem seeing it.

Re:What a Hint ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424892)

Here, I wrote this three step protocol to help you out.

1) Open your web browser.
2) navigate to http://www.slashdot.org
3) Look at the title bar of your web browser.

Hope this helps !

Good day to you sir.

Re:What a Hint ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424928)

I can see the future of this:
"You realize that it is still there as a comment in the source code?"

Re:What a Hint ... (1)

wsxyz (543068) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425710)

I tried this. It says:

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuf

Re:What a Hint ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37430478)

Mine says "Sla". I do have tyoo many tabs open.

Still news for nerds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424620)

Anything involving Japan in intrinsically nerdy.

Re:Still news for nerds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424668)

Pika Pika!!

Re:Still news for nerds. (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424728)

indeed, nerdy are the skills, wares and gear to properly acquire, assemble, and play anime.....or JAV

Not news (3, Informative)

brian1078 (230523) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424518)

Not news. I get notifications from the USGS for EQs 6.0+. They've been having 1 or 2 per month since the big one in March. This is the largest since a 7.0 on July 10.

Re:Not news (2)

Kylon99 (2430624) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424836)

I have the feeling a 6.0 - 7.0 is big news in most places in the world, where the buildings can't take that. But in Japan, which seems to be able to ride out 7.0 - 9.0 with not much loss of life, (one lady fell off her balcony in Tokyo apparently... that was it) a 6.0 seems barely newsworthy.

And of course like the parent poster said; they've been getting one or two every month. It's starting to become a way of life it seems...

Re:Not news (2)

adnonsense (826530) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424952)

Also, most of them are happening offshore, which limits the effects. Now, if a M6+ earthquake went off directly under Tokyo, things would be a little more dramatic.

Now, this is what woke me up the other day (at 5pm local time - jetlag!), a mere 6.2 but much closer to Tokyo than the one in the article, and it was so unremarkable I'd forgotten all about it until now.

Re:Not news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37425670)

a 5.5 caused most of Christchurch to disintegrate at that city (200 dead & 200k homeless) is over a plate boundary and a 5.5 in Australia killed 20 about 20 years ago, but earthquakes over make news there.

http://www.disasters247.com/index.php/Earthquake-Map.html [disasters247.com] is showing:-
5.2
5.5
5.5
5.6
6.2
6.6

Re:Not news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37425646)

Same here. Why is this now "news". I stop counting the 6+ and > quakes in that region. I think I get at least one USGS alert per week from there.

Nuclear power is safe! (5, Funny)

formfeed (703859) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424570)

This earth quake comes right after they announced to move to renewable energy. Not a coincidence. The so called green technology isn't so green after all. Each year more people die of shark attacks than get stabbed with a uranium rod. Think about that before you build a hydro dam. And wind energy isn't any safer. While depleted Uranium can be a fun and educational toy, hundreds of houses are destroyed by tornadoes each year. And to store all the solar energy one would have to pave the entire state of Arizona with batteries. Once they leak, everyone in New Mexico would die.

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424604)

What the I don't even

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424666)

I didn't know this was a Teahadist site!!

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424826)

This poster was using renewable energy and was cut down mid-post!

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424640)

WRT solar energy... well, everyone knows what happens eventually when you build a solar collector plant in SimCity. A massive focused blast of sunlight cooks part of your city!

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424906)

Those jerks from the NCR had it coming!

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424804)

Drugs really are not your friend.

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (1)

La_Boca (201988) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425036)

top 10 slashdot comments

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425182)

I'm not sure which is funnier, your comment or all of the AC's that seem to be taking it somewhat seriously. :D

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37425506)

Nuclear power will destroy Arizona and New Mexico. I fail to see the problem here.

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 3 years ago | (#37426820)

And to store all the solar energy one would have to pave the entire state of Arizona with batteries. Once they leak, everyone in New Mexico would die.

Even worse: Getting all the solar power from Japan to Arizona and back would incur huge losses so you'd need more solar power and batteries (you might need to pave over Arizona and Utah), not to mention thousands of miles of cables.

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37426850)

Nuclear power is going to be replaced by a new type of recirculating steam engine powerplant. Steam is condensed then circulated around pre-heating the incoming water, sprayed through injectors inside the pre-heated cylinder. Doesn't take many btu's to exceed 212F when it's using that same electrical coil heat to stay up to temperature. Nuclear is finished. This steamer produces Zero Pollution.

Re:Nuclear power is safe! (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#37431346)

And it produces zero energy. Just where does the energy to condense the steam, and to flash the water to steam come from?

Remember the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Or as Neil Peart wrote:
"You can't get something for nothing" - Rush "Something For Nothing"

Do they... (2)

rossdee (243626) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424598)

Take the seismologists to court for failing to predict the quake, or does that only happen in Italy?

Re:Do they... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424720)

Yes.
??
Profit.

Re:Do they... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424736)

yes, not for failing to predict the quake, just failing to predict the magnitude of the unpredicted quake

Re:Do they... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37426972)

In Soviet Russia, quake predict you.

Re:Do they... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37427456)

In Japan you postdict quakes!

Quick (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424688)

Arrest the geologists!

M6.2 was occured at Sep 15, no problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424708)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ljJ1ANj6dw [youtube.com]
M6.2 was occured at Sep 15, no problem. Japanese people don't care such a small quake, less than M7.0.

Things are still rumbling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37424746)

The opportunities for Groundbreaking research are still rocking the geosciences world as another earthquake shakes Japan. Its likely connected to the 6.3 earthquake that shook 91 km west of Gold River BC on Vancouver Island on September 9, and the 4.0 quake that shook the same spot yesterday. Like California, there are a number of fault lines off of Canada's west coast where the North American plate rides over the Pacific plate (and where buckling occurs, you get geological formations like the Coast, Rocky, --and further south Sierra Nevada-- Mountains). There are mini quakes on Vancouver Island about every 18 months (almost like clockwork) and more major events also like clockwork over a wider span of time, and then even greater events (like the 1964 Alaska earthquake) over an even greater span of time.

and here I thought (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424904)

Earthquakes were fairly frequent in Japan ...

0.025% of the energy of an 9.0 earthquake (1)

tp1024 (2409684) | more than 3 years ago | (#37424944)

Little creaks happen all the time in that place. Why is it suddenly deemed worth reporting?

This isn't interesting. What is interesting? (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425020)

This is just an aftershock from Japan's big one. It isn't interesting. What's interesting?

The slight to moderate quakes across the entire US are interesting. The Virginia quake is the biggest; but if you look on the map now you can still see a triangular pattern that covers Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Those are smaller quakes--3 to 4 magnitude. There was one in Alabama too.

Quakes in that range are not unheard of in the eastern and midwest US; but it seems like there have been a lot more of them lately. Unfortunately, I don't have rigorous stats to back that up, or to distinguish it from the expected outcome based on pure chance.

Yesterday's 7.3 Fiji quake was interesting too because it was so deep.

I, for one (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 3 years ago | (#37426064)

Will be glad to get 2012 out of the way.

Re:This isn't interesting. What is interesting? (1)

Pyrion (525584) | more than 3 years ago | (#37426638)

This is why we need to stop relying on the earthquake's peak energy output for determining newsworthy events - deep strong quakes can do diddly squat and yet the idiot journalists see the big number and automatically think it's newsworthy. Rate earthquakes based on how much damage they do, not based on how much energy is released. A 5.0 under St. Louis would be several orders of magnitude more newsworthy than a deep 8.0 out in the middle of fucking nowhere.

Not "The Big One" (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 3 years ago | (#37426802)

However devastating, the earth quake earlier this year was not "The Big One" for Japan. The real "Big One" is supposed to hit the land mass that Tokyo is on with a magnitude well over 7. The epicenter will probably be about 100 miles south of Tokio and this type of quake is known in Japan as a "Tokai earth quake". They have had several before and the last one in 1854 caused most of Tokyo to burn to the ground and thousands died. Since Tokai quakes tend to happen every 100-150 years, the next one is due any moment now.

Re:Not "The Big One" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37427520)

Somebody mod this guy up. What's really tragic is that all this time they have been preparing for the next "Great Tokai Quake" and a 9.0 comes out of somewhere they didn't really expect higher than magnitude 7s. They're recovering for a terrible earthquake and the danger of the next Big One has never diminished.

Ho hum (1)

Door-opening Fascist (534466) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425234)

They've had 8 M6+ earthquakes this year. Why is this news? Skylar

Re:Ho hum (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#37425422)

Once the tsunami warning was called off, it wasn't.

More people need to mod down uninteresting articles in the Recent section.

sounds like free energy to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37426660)

c'mon japan.

Fir5t Tpost (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37426936)

WASy AT THE SAME

something is up ! (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 3 years ago | (#37429152)

Ok...now i know something is fishy!!
If you get that size magnitude earthquake, it must be something going on, and my thoughts are that maybe china or korea might be testing their nukes under the water....that would force the tsunamis and earthquakes for sure....

My next thought is a scary one though, if you could forcibly sink Japan as a whole , then your whole shoreline becomes the mecca for import and trading
where as now it seems Japan gets a lot of traffic. ...could this be china's way of forcing there be no competition for all their trading business.

Now before you go and claim I am too into the conspiracy theory and argue that no country would ever do that knowing that they would feel retribution....
if it is done in such a way as to look like it was a natural disaster...earthquakes, then it is possible it would not even enter any world leader's mind that this is being done on purpose....although I prefer just being a side effect of under water testing myself...i would hate to see what would happen if my thoughts were dead on....would this force the US or the world to retaliate on behalf of Japan?

Meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37432976)

I was asleep in Sapporo 6 floors up and it didn't even wake me up.

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