5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan's Hokkaido -- USGS | Inquirer News

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s Hokkaido — USGS

/ 06:38 AM November 05, 2018

A star marks the epicenter of the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit off the Japanese island of Hokkaido. USGS MAP

TOKYO, Japan – A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The moderate quake hit at a depth of eight kilometers (five miles), 107 kilometers northeast of Shibetsu.


USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.


It comes after a powerful 6.6-magnitude quake in September rocked Hokkaido, triggering landslides, collapsing houses and killing more than 40.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage. /cbb

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