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Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes Japan's Hokkaido island: USGS

Published on Feb 2, 2013 10:46 PM
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A strong magnitude 6.9 quake struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido near the town of Obihiro on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013, the US Geological Survey said. -- SCREENGRAB: USGS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A strong magnitude 6.9 quake struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido near the town of Obihiro on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as being offshore and a magnitude 6.8, was 103 kilometres deep and centred just 15 kilometres south-west of Obihiro.