ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A 5.0 magnitude Hachinohe, Japan earthquake has struck today off the coast. The Japan earthquake today December 27, 2013 began in the evening hours. Damage assessment is pending.
Officials tell news that a 5.0 magnitude Japan earthquake today started just after 7:31 pm local time. The quake began off the coast. USGS indicates to news that its epicenter was moderate. The quake began thirty-three miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt across the immediate region.
USGS tells news that the Japan earthquake today started thirty-four miles east of Hachinohe. It was forty-five miles east of Misawa and forty-six miles east of Ichinohe. It began fifty-three miles north of Miyako and roughly three hundred fifty miles from Tokyo.
Several quakes have been striking off the coast this fall. In October, one quake began eighty-one miles southeast of Ofunato. The quake was eighty-three miles east of Ishinomaki and eighty-five miles south Kamaishi. The quake also started eighty-eight miles east of Yamato and roughly two hundred fifty miles northeast of Tokyo.
In February, a 6.9 magnitude quake erupted nine miles southwest of Obihiro. The quake was thirteen miles south of Otofuke and forty-eight miles northeast of Shizunai. The quake began fifty miles southeast of Shimo-furano, Japan, officials told news at the time.