A 6.5 to 7.0 Richter earthquake rattled southern Japan early this morning, Japanese time. The quake rocked buildings in Tokyo and made a mess of grocery stores. Officials say the quake DID NOT CREATE A TSUNAMI, largely due to the deep depth of the quake.
The quake was centered well off the southern end of Japan, about a third of the way between Japan and Taiwan. That part of the Pacific is also home to a “subduction zone” set of underwater formations that are capable of triggering the biggest quakes on the planet much like the subduction zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and the northern part of California.
Again, no tsunami.