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News Release

Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 18:32:14 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 55 km (35 miles) E of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan at 11:32 AM MST, Nov 28, 2004 (Nov 29 at 3:32 AM local time in Japan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

At least 24 people injured; road damage occurred; power, natural gas and railway service interrupted in the Bekkai-Kushiro-Nemuro area. Minor damage to docks and buildings at Nemuro. A 10 cm tsunami was recorded at Nemuro. Felt at Misawa, Honshu. Recorded (5U JMA) in eastern Hokkaido, (4 JMA) in south-central Hokkaido, (3 JMA) in southwestern Hokkaido and (1 JMA) in northern Hokkaido. Also recorded (3 JMA) in Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi; (2 JMA) in Akita, Ibaraki and Yamagata; (1 JMA) in Fukushima, Kanagawa, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi and Tokyo Prefectures, Honshu.


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