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M6.9 quake shakes Hokkaido; 10 injuries reported

February 3, 2013 by legitgov

M6.9 quake shakes Hokkaido; 10 injuries reported 03 Feb 2013 A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Saturday, causing strong tremors across Hokkaido but no damage to several nuclear facilities in the region, officials said. The quake, which was preceded by an early warning broadcast on television and radio, hit near the town of Obihiro at a depth of 103 kilometers at 11:17 p.m., according to U.S. Geological Survey data. Ten people suffered minor injuries due to falling objects, broken glass and other incidents, according to national broadcaster NHK, but authorities said no serious damage was reported and the quake did not generate a tsunami.

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