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Magnitude 6.8 EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 15:26:20 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred about 25 km (15 miles) east-northeast of Morioka at 9:26 AM MDT, Jul 23, 2008 (Jul 24 at 12:26 AM local time in Japan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

One person killed, about 200 injured, 90 buildings damaged, landslides occurred, roads closed, train service and power disrupted in northern Honshu. Felt (VII) at Misawa; (IV) in Ayase-shi and at Tsukuba; (III) at Narita, Ome, Tokyo, Yokohama and Yokosuka. Also felt (III) at Sapporo, Hokkaido. Felt widely in southwestern Hokkaido and in Honshu as far south as the Tokyo area.

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


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