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5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s Hokkaido: USGS

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s Hokkaido: USGS

by November 6, 2018 Current Affairs

The moderate quake hit at a depth of eight kilometres (five miles), 107 kilometres northeast of Shibetsu.USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.It comes after a powerful 6.6-magnitude quake in September rocked Hokkaido, triggering landslides, collapsing houses and killing more than 40.Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage. DM

Author: AFP

This article was originally posted on Daily Maverick First Thing.

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