6.7 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Japan; no tsunami warning

    6.7 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Japan; no tsunami warning

    Jan 14, Tokyo: A strong earthquake of magnitude of 6.7 struck just off the coast of Hokkaido in northern Japan.

    No tsunami warning was issued.

    According to media reports, te quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 hit about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, near Urakawa town on the southern tip of Hokkaido, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It said the quake's center was located at a depth of 50 kilometers (30 miles) below the sea surface.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    The lunchtime quake caught many residents by surprise.

    Hiroyuki Kenai, a disaster prevention official at the Urakawa town was having lunch in his office when the quake hit. He told Japan's NHK national television in a telephone interview that officials were still assessing whether there was any damage, AP news report said.

    Two nuclear power plants and the Rokkasho reprocessing plant in the quake-hit region were not affected, nuclear safety officials said.

    Tohoku "bullet train" service south of the region was temporarily suspended but has since resumed, according to NHK. Some local train lines in

    Hokkaido were suspended for safety checks, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

    The Oslo Times


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