Earthquake with 6.1 magnitude hits northern Japan, no tsunami warning

The earthquake hit off Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on February 25

February 25, 2023 07:41 pm | Updated February 26, 2023 11:37 am IST - TOKYO

Map showing the epicentre of the earthquake.

Map showing the epicentre of the earthquake. | Photo Credit: Screenshot via USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit off the eastern part of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Saturday, authorities said, and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit off the Nemuro peninsula at a depth of 61 kilometres (38 miles), according to the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED).

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

In two municipalities in Hokkaido, the quake registered as a “lower 5” on Japan’s 7-point intensity scale, which measures ground motion.

That is usually a level where items fall out of shelves and unsecured furniture may move, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. 

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