Strong quake felt across Hokkaido


NHK reports minor injuries, power outages

An earthquake centered near Obihiro with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 was felt across a wide area of northern and eastern Japan on Saturday night. The quake, which struck at 11:17, was at its strongest an upper 5 on the Japanese intensity scale. There was no threat of a tsunami.

According to national broadcaster NHK (as of Sunday at 7 a.m.) 12 people suffered light injuries related to the quake. Power was cut in more than 600 buildings near the epicenter, but had been restored by the early morning.

Footage from NHK’s Obihiro newsroom showed piles of papers which had fallen to the floor during the jolt. Other footage from the city showed broken bottles of wine at a convenience store. There were no reports of trouble at any of the region’s nuclear facilities.

Details from the Japan Meteorological Agency can be found here.

Here’s a look at a screen cap from the JMA with more precise seismic intensity data for Hokkaido and the rest of Japan:



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