Ski resort in Shimukappu, Hokkaido, Japan February 10, 2009. - Reuters

TOKYO NEWS: According to the US Geological Survey and the Japan Meteorological Agency, an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Saturday night (Feb 25,2023).

Following the offshore quake that shook the coastal cities of Kushiro and Nemuro, no tsunami warning was released. No injuries or damage were reported right away.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 10:27 p.m. local time at a depth of about 43 km. On Japan’s 7-point intensity scale, which detects ground motion, the earthquake was recorded as a “lower 5” in two cities in Hokkaido.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, that is typically a level where items fall down off some of shelves and unprotected furniture may move. On public television station NHK, a specialist cautioned listeners to be on the lookout for earthquakes for about a week.

Japan, which is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of extremely active seismic activity that extends through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific region, experiences earthquakes oftenly. The nation conducts regular drills to get ready for a major jolt and has compliance with building codes to make sure that structures can withstand strong earthquakes. A destructive 6.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Hokkaido in September 2018 caused floods, collapsed homes, and killed more than 40 people.

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