A Magnitude 5.3 shook Japan moments ago followed by 5.0 quake in the Solomon Islands

At approximately 5:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook Ishinomaki, Japan 2012-11-23 20:21:28 UTC. The time converted to its U.S. equivalent reads 12:40 p.m. PT.

The region still coping with the aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The latest quake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Reports from people living near the quake’s epicenter say they heard a loud boom.

Expert have been quite vocal with their warnings that Japan should be prepared for possibility of 10 magnitude quake.

While this report was being written a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit Kirakira, Solomon Islands.

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected 33 earthquakes so far today.

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Contributor D. Chandler