Magnitude 7.0 near Izu Island, Japan

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We enters into 2012. with strong magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occur at 05:27:54 UTC near Izu Island, Japan with epicenter at 370 km (230 miles) according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Location of an epicenter was 242 km (150 miles) SW of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, 365 km (226 miles) S of Hamamatsu, Honshu, 393 km (244 miles) S of Shizuoka, Honshu and 495 km (307 miles) SSW of Tokyo (31.416°N, 138.155°E). USGS readings gives magnitude 6.8 with depth of 348.5 km (216.6 miles) while EMSC recorded magnitude 7.0 with depth of 365km (226.8 miles). There was no tsunami warning issued.

It was very strong but very deep earthquake with an hypocenter in the hot solid mantle of the earth. Based on calculations of the seismological centers, only a weak shaking will have been felt in a very wide area. The epicenter was located in between a lot of submarine volcanoes.

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