Strong Earthquake Jolts Hokkaido

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--A powerful earthquake hit Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, on Thursday night, measuring up to lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of zero to 7.

The quake occurred around 9:22 p.m. (12:22 p.m. GMT) at a depth of 33 kilometers, with an estimated magnitude of 5.8, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The intensity of lower 6 was recorded in Atsuma, which was hit hard by a strong quake on Sept. 6 last year. At that time, an intensity of 7 was registered in the town.

Thursday's quake is related to the Sept. 6 temblor, which killed 42 people, agency officials said. Both happened in the Iburi region in southern Hokkaido.

Prefectural government and police sources said there has been no report of injuries or collapsed houses. But there is information of a landslide in the town of Niikappu and an avalanche in Atsuma.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press