This region of Japan is prone to earthquakes. In fact, the image included here from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, isn't from one year ago, but rather from today. A much weaker quake, measuring at Magnitude 4.7 , hit in the same location off the shore of Honshu, Japan. For the people of Japan, it is something that they live with all their lives.
Magnitude 4.7 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:08:26 UTC
|Depth||35.8 km (22.2 miles)|
|Region||NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN|
|Distances||155 km (96 miles) ENE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan|
167 km (103 miles) SE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
201 km (124 miles) ENE of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan
416 km (258 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
|Location Uncertainty||horizontal +/- 17.9 km (11.1 miles); depth +/- 8.1 km (5.0 miles)|
|Parameters||NST= 19, Nph= 19, Dmin=374 km, Rmss=0.94 sec, Gp=220°,|
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Our continued thoughts and prayers for the people of Japan. May the hopes of the Prime Minister, to revive the area, become a reality.
Cruise Lines Return to Japan (six months later, some cruise lines have returned)