Being from Seattle you'd expect me to be used to such occurrences, but it's no secret that earthquakes and me don't get along.
The first reports I read were of a 4.2 earthquake, but reports of an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale began to roll in at a rate of nearly a hundred per second within no time. It hadn't been a dream! Japan had most definitely been rocked by an earthquake.
Regarding the solar situation at the time, some have speculated that the quake might be related to the recent lunar eclipse, citing apparent lunar relationships to earthquakes that occurred in 1999 in Turkey and 2004 in Indonesia (ATS).
But can the moon really have an effect on seismic activity?
Entire Article: http://channel6newsonline.com/2010/12/strong-quake-hits-off-japans-bonin-islands-generates-false-readings-elsewhere/