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Strong earthquakes hit northern Japan

The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Soya region of the northern island of Hokkaido. (JMA)
The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Soya region of the northern island of Hokkaido. (JMA)
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11 Aug 2022 01:08:43 GMT9
11 Aug 2022 01:08:43 GMT9

Arab News Japan 

TOKYO: Hokkaido, the main island in the north of Japan was hit by a series of strong earthquakes early on Thursday morning measuring up to 5-plus on Japan’s intensity scale (6 on a scale of 10).

The first big earthquake struck at 35 minutes past midnight. It measured 5.1 on the Richter Scale and 5-minus (5 on a scale of 10) in terms of intensity.

This was followed by a bigger earthquake 18 minutes later, which registered 5.3 on the Richter Scale and 5-plus in intensity. At 2:14 a.m., a 4.6 quake struck in the same area with an intensity of 4.

All the quakes were confined to a relatively small area near the remote northern tip of Hokkaido and there was no danger of a tsunami.

The epicenter was near the township of Kamikawa. Residents remain on alert as a series of earthquakes can sometimes lead to greater tremors in the same time period.

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