REPORTING · 21st December 2010
At 9:20 am this morning, December 21, 2010, an earthquake registering a magnitude of 7.4 struck off the south east coast of Japan.
Although this is a significant quake there is no expectation of a Tsunami according to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration).
"Based on all available data a destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Repeat. A destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii."
The event occurred on a fault location off shore, 650 miles SSE of Toyko.
Comment by M Craven on 22nd December 2010
I live in Japan. Some of your facts are incorrect. The earthquake struck the southern Japanese islands early Wednesday (Tuesday in Canada)when a strong offshore quake briefly triggered a tsunami alert, but the 7.4-magnitude temblor prompted only a mild swelling of waves.
There were no reports of any real damage from the quake, which struck at 2:20 a.m. (1720 GMT Tuesday) about 80 miles (130 kilometers) off the southern coast of Chichi Island in the Pacific Ocean.
We hardly felt it in Tokyo. At most the tremors rattled a few cups in the pantry. Earthquakes are apart of life in Japan.