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M5.3 quake hits Hokkaido; no tsunami danger

A strong earthquake on Friday jolted the same area of Hokkaido that was hit by one of the country's most powerful tremors last month.
The quake, which struck at 8:58 a.m., had a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, and measured a weak 5 on Japan's quake intensity scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the strongest, Japanese broadcaster NHK said.
There was no danger of a tsunami from the quake, it said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which it measured at 5.2 magnitude, was 42 km deep and centered on Hokkaido's southern coast.
A magnitude 6.7 quake on Sept 6 paralyzed Hokkaido, an island the size of Austria, killing dozens, triggering landslides and temporarily knocking power to all 5.3 million of its residents.


© Thomson Reuters
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