February 2nd, 2013
09:57 AM ET

Earthquake hits off coast of northern Japan

A powerful earthquake hit northern Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Initial indications show a magnitude 6.9 quake struck off the island of Hokkaido at a depth of 64 miles (103 kilometers) near the town of
Obihiro.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake did not appear to generate a destructive tsunami.

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  1. Hide Behind

    And the week before there were 4 new active volcanos in Kamchatka.
    What does it portend?
    How the He.. would I know; I am not a seizmologist or a volcanologist.

    February 3, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Fracking caused it. (sarcasm).

    February 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |