July 23, 2011 – – A 6.4 Earthquake Struck Near the East Coast Of Honshu, Japan: The quake struck at 1:34 pm Tokyo time (34 minutes after Mid-Night EDT – – New York) off the Pacific coast of Miyagi prefecture, around the same area as the colossal March 11 earthquake and tsunami (see map above for the location of the massive March 11th event).
This same area saw earthquakes on July 10th (7.0M), April 11th (6.6M), April 7th (7.1M), March 26th (6.6M) and March 11th (9.0 Magnitude). Using composite cycles, I predict a 6.5 to 7.5 earthquake off the east coast of Japan on August 11, 2011 (August 10th U.S. Time).
The epicenter of today’s earthquake was 125 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of Sendai city, Miyagi’s prefectures capital, and 259 miles (417 KM) from Tokyo. The USGS estimated today’s quake at a depth of 36 Kilometers (22 miles).
The quake did NOT cause fresh damage to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to its operator, Tokyo Electric Power.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Additionally, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was “no destructive widespread tsunami threat.”
The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train services were halted because of the quake, but resumed shortly afterwards.
The devastating March 11th, 9.0 Magnitude earthquake, and subsequent tsunami, left about 22,000 people dead or missing and triggered an atomic crisis at the Fukushima plant, where emergency workers are still working to cool down the overheating reactors.
Today’s earthquake is but one more event on the “Ring of Fire,” which borders the western edge of the Pacific Tectonic Plate. Surprisingly, 80% of the world’s major earthquakes occur on the Ring of Fire (see prior post for its location).
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