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Strange Sounds Sep 20, 2017


M6.1 earthquake hits Japan: Third major quake in 24 hours along the Ring of Fire

A M6.1 earthquake hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 4:37 UTC on September 20, 2017.

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A M6.1 earthquake hit Japan on September 20 2017. via USGS

The powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan near Fukushima, 281km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan at a very shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

Details about the consequences of the M6.1 quake is not known yet. There are however no tsunami warnings or advisories in effect.

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Map showing the epicenter of the M6.1 earthquake off Japan on Sept. 20

This is the third large earthquake within 24 hours to hit different places around the world (Mexico and New Zealand) along the ‘Ring of Fire’. Where are we heading now? Cascadia? More volcanic eruptions?

New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill, followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake northeast of Seddon.

The quake caused ‘moderate shaking’ reported Geonet.

Initial classifications called it a strong quake, hitting 585km southwest of Invercargill at a depth of 10km.

Tremors may have been felt in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere, while the Seddon quake was felt strongly in Wellington.

New Zealand authorities have issued a reminder to ‘drop, cover, and hold’ in the event of an earthquake.

New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill

Reports from GeoNet (pictured) showed the second quake being felt strongly around Wellington and the Cook Strait

Reports from GeoNet (pictured) showed the second quake being felt strongly around Wellington and the Cook Strait

The second quake was strong enough to be felt in nation's capital, as people took to social media in shock

The second quake was strong enough to be felt in nation’s capital, as people took to social media in shock

No tsunami warnings have been issued despite two earthquakes hitting New Zealand, one of which was felt strongly in Wellington (pictured, stock image)