Japan gets ready for another great earthquake

According to Japan’s Earthquake Research Promotion agency, there is a scary seventy percent chance of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that will hit the country between today and... More Below... Posted by on Jul 9th, 2011 and filed under News, World.

According to Japan’s Earthquake Research Promotion agency, there is a scary seventy percent chance of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that will hit the country between today and 2040 in the southern Kanto area encircling Tokyo. Scarer still, a ninety percent chance in nearby Ibaraki.

Then, the chance of an 8.0-magnitude quake is eighty-seven percent in the Tokai region that’s nearly 100 miles southwest of Tokyo, seventy percent in Tonankai near Nagoya, and sixty percent for a very strong 8.4-magnitude in Nankai near Osaka in Western Japan.

“The short answer is: nobody knows when the next one will strike,” said Satoko Oki, a seismologist in Univeristy of Tokyo. “So we have to be prepared.”

Yesterday, a 5.6 magnitude shook the Pacific off Honshu, Japan - according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the tremor was near 51 miles southeast of Fukushima. The quake was centered some 28 miles deep. June 23, a magnitude 6.7 quake was felt. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning then canceled it after an hour later.