7.0 Earthquake Rocks Okinawa, No Major Damage

Tsunami warning issued and withdrawn

Modern Japanese buildings are built to withstand earthquakes

A tsunami warning was issued today following a powerful undersea earthquake off the coast of Okinawa, the southern-most island of Japan.  The tremor was centered about 50 miles east of Naha approximately18 miles below the seabed.

Various sources have reported that the earthquake measured anywhere from 6.9 to 7.3 on the Richter scale.  The Japanese Meteorological Agency reported the quake at 6.9, while the US Geological Survey reported it at 7.3.  CNN has updated its report to say that the quake measured 7.0 rather than 7.3.

In the aftershock, Japanese officials predicted tsunami waves of up to seven feet around the Okinawa coast and ordered beach evacuations.  According to some sources, the tsunami warning has now been lifted and waves are expected to remain under two feet.

Only minor damage reported so far

So far there have been no reports of injuries and only minor damage reports.  At this point, I am compelled to mention that despite how highly convenient and widely available they are, a no fax cash advance would do little to help matters in Okinawa.  Even if the damage is relatively minor, a payday cash advance with a $1500 maximum simply would not go the distance.

An earthquake-prone country

That said, Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.  About 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater occur near or in Japan. Recent quakes include a 7.3 quake in 1995 that hit the city of Kobe killing 6,400 people and a 6.8 quake in 2004 that shook the region of Niigata in northern Japan, injuring 3,000 people and killing 65.  Compared to the situation in Haiti, of course, modern Japanese buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes, but even so a 7.0 earthquake is a major tremor and aftershocks may still pose threats of injury and damage.

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