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Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 02:39:28 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred about 125 km (75 miles) ENE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan or about 130 km (80 miles) ESE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan or about 305 km (190 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan at 8:39 PM MDT, Jul 18, 2008 (Jul 19 at 11:39 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; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size.

Felt (III) at Misawa, Tokyo and Yokohama; (II) at Yamato. Felt as far north as Misawa, as far west as Niigata and as far south as Mishima. Small tsunamis were observed along the Fukushima-Miyagi coastal area. Recorded (4 JMA) in Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Tochigi; (3 JMA) in Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Gumma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Tokyo, Yamagata and Yamanashi; (2 JMA) in Aichi and Shizuoka; (1 JMA) in Gifu, Ishikawa and Shiga. Also recorded (2 JMA) in southern Hokkaido and (1 JMA) on Nii-jima.

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

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