Japan's Hokkaido Struck by 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake

18 January 2005 | 12:45 Code : 4664 Geoscience events
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The northern Japanese island of Hokkaido was struck by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake center said.

The northern Japanese island of Hokkaido was struck by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake center said.

The temblor struck at 11:09 p.m. local time, at a depth of 31.2 kilometers (19 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was about 915 kilometers north of the Japanese capital Tokyo, the Golden, Colorado-based earthquake center said.

NHK television showed images of books and computers shaking on its office desks in the area, the Associated Press reported. Yasuhiko Sada, a manager at the town hall in Akkeshi, where the earthquake shook most violently, told NHK the city had power and he hadn't heard of any injuries or damage, AP reported.


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Todd Zeranski in New York at  tzeranski@bloomberg.net


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