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News Release

Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 14:57:18 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred about 175 km (110 miles) SSE of Tsu, Honshu, Japan at 8:57 AM MDT, Sep 5, 2004 (11:57 PM local time in Japan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. This earthquake is in the same location as the previous earthquake at 10:07 UTC. There have been no reports of damage.

About forty people injured in the Kyoto area. Felt in much of southwestern Japan and as far north as Tokyo. Tsunamis were observed with wave heights of 86 cm at Kushimoto and 56 cm at Owase. Power outages occured at Wakayama and a fire occurred at Sakai. Recorded (5L JMA) in Wakayama and Mie; (4 JMA) in Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Shiga and Tottori; (3 JMA) in Chiba, Hiroshima, Ishikawa, Kanagawa, Nagano, Okayama, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tokyo and Yamanashi; (2 JMA) in Gumma, Ibaraki, Niigata, Saitama, Tochigi and Yamaguchi; (1 JMA) in Miyagi Prefectures. Recorded (3 JMA) in Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushima; (2 JMA) in Ehime Prefectures, Shikoku. Recorded (1 JMA) in Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Oita and Saga Prefectures, Kyushu. Also recorded (3 JMA) on Hachijo- jima, Kozu-shima, Miyake-jima, Nii-jima and O-shima; (2 JMA) on Dogo, Mikura-jima and in the Dozen islands; (1 JMA) on Sadago-shima.


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