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News Release

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 02:46:28 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 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN about 95 km (60 miles) east of Sendai or about 350 km (220 miles) northeast of Tokyo at 8:46 PM MDT, Aug 15, 2005 (Aug 16 at 11:46 AM local time in Japan).

The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

At least 39 people injured in Miyagi, 9 in Iwate, 5 in Fukushima and 3 in Saitama Prefectures. A house collapsed at Kazo. Landslides occurred in several rural locations. Power outages occurred and bullet train service was temporarily suspended in northern Japan. A local tsunami was generated with a wave height of 10 cm on the coast of northern Japan. Felt (VI) at Sendai, (V) at Misawa and (IV) at Tokyo. Recorded (6L JMA) in Miyagi and Yamagata; (5U JMA) in Fukushima and Iwate; (5L JMA) in Akita, Aomori, Ibaraki and Tochigi; (4 JMA) in Chiba, Gumma, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tokyo and Yamanashi; (3 JMA) in Aichi, Gifu and Mie; (2 JMA) in Fukui, Ishikawa, Shiga and Toyama Prefectures. Recorded (2 JMA) on Kozu-shima, Miyake-jima, Nii-jima, O-shima and Sado-shima; (1 JMA) on Aoga-shima, Hachijo-jima and Mikura-jima. Also recorded (3 JMA) in southwestern Hokkaido and in the Chitose-Ebetsu-Shizunai and Obihiro areas, Hokkaido; (2 JMA) in much of central, south- central and eastern Hokkaido.


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