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Magnitude 6.9 EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN

Friday, June 13, 2008 at 23:43:46 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred about 85 km (50 miles) SSE of Akita, Honshu, Japan or about 100 km (60 miles) NNW of Sendai, Honshu, Japan or about 390 km (240 miles) N of TOKYO, Japan at 5:43 PM MDT, Jun 13, 2008 (Jun 14 at 8:43 AM local time in Japan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

At least 12 people killed, 302 injured, 385 buildings damaged and landslides occurred in the Furukawa-Kurihara-Morioka area. Felt (VII) at Furukawa; (VI) at Sendai; (IV) at Misawa and Tsukuba; (III) at Tokyo. Felt as far north as Hirosaki and as far south as Yokohama. Recorded (6U JMA) in Iwate and Miyagi; (5U JMA) in Akita; (5L JMA) in Fukushima and Yamagata; (4 JMA) throughout northern Honshu. Recorded (1 JMA) as far south as Aichi. Recorded (3 JMA) in southwestern Hokkaido, (2 JMA) in the Tomakomai-Shizunai area and (1 JMA) throughout southern Hokkaido.

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


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