Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Friday, August 10, 2007

Okinawa Shaken By Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook Okinawa in southern Japan at 9:02 a.m. local time. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was centered near Okinawa's main island, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its Web site. The quake's depth is ``very shallow'' and ``minor changes in sea level are possible,'' the agency said. No tsunami warning has been issued.

The country's last major earthquake hit the north-central prefecture of Niigata on July 16, killing 11 people and injuring more than 1,000. Damage from the magnitude 6.8 quake forced Tokyo Electric Power Co. to close its biggest nuclear power plant and Japanese carmakers, including Toyota Motor Corp., to cut production after a parts supplier in the region halted operations.

A quake that hit the same area in 2004 killed 33 people, shut a section of a bullet train line and halted production at a semiconductor plant operated by Sanyo Electric Co.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Strong quake hits off Okinawa's coast

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck off the shore of Japan's southern Okinawa island on Tuesday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

There was no risk of injuries or damage from the quake, which hit at 9:02 a.m. (0002 GMT), the agency said.

The focus of the tremor was close to the surface of the earth and 140 km (90 miles) off the northwestern coast of Okinawa.

Exxon Mobil Japan group refiner Nansei Sekiyu KK's Nishihara refinery in the area was unaffected by the quake and was operating as usual, an official at the refiner said.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.