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News Release

Monday, November 14, 2005 at 21:38:51 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 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN about 350 km (215 miles) east of Sendai or about 535 km (330 miles) east northeast of Tokyo at 3:38 PM MDT, Nov 14, 2005 (Nov 15 at 7:38 AM local time in Japan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time.

Felt (IV) at Misawa and (II) at Tokyo and Yokosuka. Felt widely in northern and eastern Honshu. Also felt in Hokkaido. A small tsunami was observed at at Ofunato and other coastal towns. Recorded (3 JMA) in northeastern Honshu and (2 JMA) in northwestern and central Honshu. Recorded (3 JMA) in eastern and south-central Hokkaido and (2 JMA) in much of central and southwestern Hokkaido. Also recorded (2 JMA) on Hachijo-jima, Miyake-jima and O-shima; (1 JMA) on Aoga-shima, Kozu-shima and Nii- jima.


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