Just before 11 am local time, an earthquake struck just off of the coast of Japan by the Iwate region. It registered a magnitude of 4.9 and was at a depth of about 27 kilometers. It struck approximately 132 kilometers East Northeast of the city of Miyako. This is one of the largest seismic events in the last several months in a region which sees a significant amount of activity due to the area being located above the convergence off four tectonic plates. No tsunami warnings have yet been issued as a result, but the information on the event is still being evaluated.
By Jim Malone