A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred northwest of Lake Titicaca, near the town of Juliaca (population 276,110) that sits in the northern Altiplano, or Andean Plateau. At 3,825 meters (12,549 ft) above sea level, it is the most extensive high plateau on Earth outside Tibet. Due to the 218 km (135 miles) depth of the earthquake there were no reports of damage or injuries.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has occurred 279 km (173 miles) ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). A tsunami warning issued for the region has been lifted. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
A major magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Wednesday off the coast of Fukushima, Japan at a depth of 63 km (39 miles). The earthquake shook buildings in downtown Tokyo and triggered a tsunami advisory for a part of the northeast coast. There were no early reports of major damage, but nearly 2 million people lost power as a result of the quake. A high-speed bullet train was reported to have been derailed by the shaking.
The 1994 Northridge earthquake shook the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles in the early morning of January 17th. 60 people lost their lives and nearly 9,000 people were injured. While moderate in size, this earthquake had a major impact because it was centered directly beneath a heavily populated urban area.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred 121 km (75 miles) NNE of Lospalos, Timor-Leste, Indonesia at a depth of 166.9 km (103 miles) with no reports of damage or injuries.