Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off Japan's southern Kyushu island: USGS

WASHINGTON Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:35pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.

It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, struck at 2:06 a.m. on Friday (1706 GMT on Thursday). It was 53.4 miles deep and was centered 31 miles northeast of Oita.

A 6.3 earthquake can cause severe damage, according to the USGS.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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antiformsora wrote:
It was really just off the coast from the Kunisaki Peninsula. No serious damage here in my Kunisaki apartment so far, and no threat of tsunami.

Mar 13, 2014 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This earthquake was predicted to happen in advance by a Japanese
university professor at the location where it occured and in the
time frame predicted in advance by the professor who uses GPS data
showing increases of land height of 4-5 centimeters which always
occur prior to earthquakes occuring.

Mar 13, 2014 12:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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