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7.0 magnitude Earthquake shakes off the shore of Japan

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Japan 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake map 07/09/2011 - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A significant earthquake of 7.0 magnitudes shook off the East coast of Honshu, Japan, on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:57:12 a.m. (local time). The US Geological Survey reported this and several earthquakes in there have been 14 earthquakes with a 4.6 or higher magnitude off the East shores of Honshu, Japan.

The USGS received 72 reports from individuals throughout the Japanese island. There were one person that said the earthquake was severe. There was many reports of people in Tokyo reporting having felt the earthquake between mild and moderate.

The closest city from the earthquake was Sendai, Honshu, Japan located 131 miles from the earthquake center. Tokyo is 254 miles from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, and still felt the tremors. The exact location the USGS report for this earthquake was 38.040°N, 143.287°E with a depth of 21.7 miles.

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6.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Japan Today

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USGS earthquake map

(Best Syndication News) - A 6.7 magnitude earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the event happened at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, June 23, (local time for the event).

The earthquake epicenter was located at 39.980°N, 142.247°E and the focus was 19.9 miles deep. The USGS received some reports from people who said they felt it as a light to moderate earthquake. The closest city is Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan that was located 54 miles southeast of the earthquake.

There have been numerous aftershocks since the major 9.0 earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. Almost every day following the major earthquake, there were several 5.0 or higher aftershocks in the Honshu region. The earthquake aftershocks have slowed a little for over the last couple of weeks. However, in the last 24 hours, there were two other 5.1 and a 5.2 magnitude earthquakes that happened off the east coast of Honshu Japan. Off the shores of Tokyo, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake happened in the last 24 hours as well.

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Total Lunar Eclipse this Wednesday will be long lasting but not viewable in US

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Lunar Eclipse graphic - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The first total eclipse for 2011 is starting in the late night hours of Wednesday, June 15. A total lunar eclipse will occur between June 15 and June 16 and will be long lasting; it is just not viewable in the United States. People living in India, much of the West African Continent, parts of Australia and Asia will have the best view of the total eclipse.

According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 40 minutes. The whole event of entering in and out of the eclipse will last 3 hours and 39 minutes. This has been the longest total lunar eclipse in the last 11 years, which was on July 16, 2000 and lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Starbucks gains full ownership of over half of their Chinese retail stores

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Starbucks in Shanghai - credit: Starbucks

(Best Syndication News) Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) announced that they have signed a contract with Maxim’s Caterers Ltd., which gives Starbucks 100 percent equity of many of their Chinese stores. Maxim Cateres Ltd., is an ongoing joint-venture partner with Starbucks for over the last 11-years.

The provinces that Starbucks gained 100 percent ownership in were Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Hubei, and the municipality of Chongqing. On mainland China, Starbucks now has full ownership of over half of their retail stores.

John Culver, President of Starbucks Coffee International, said that the company has a goal of having 1,500 retail stores across China by 2015.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed After Firefight – Wife Used as Human Shield

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(Best Syndication News) Osama Bin Laden was killed Monday in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALs. His body was buried at sea after a military operation that may have killed some of his family members.

There were no civilian or American casualties, but some of bin Laden’s family members may have been used as shields.

According to the President, the terrorist leader was killed after the clash with U.S. forces. “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body,” the President said late Sunday night. There was a report that DNA testing confirmed the identity.

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