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A 5.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Aomori, Japan.

Image Credit: Zenrin Earthstar Geographics

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck near Hachinohe, Hachinohe Shi, Aomori, Japan a few hours ago. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 32.8km beneath the epicenter at 10.05pm local time. As is usual the exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised in the next few hours as seismologists review their data.

Based on preliminary data, the earthquake should not have caused significant damage. The earthquake was most likely felt in Miyako (pop. 51,700) located 69 km from the epicenter, Yamada (pop. 20,100) 85 km away, Hachinohe (pop. 239,000) 91 km away, Ōtsuchi (pop. 16,500) 97 km away, Ichinohe (pop. 15,800) 100 km away, Kamaishi (pop. 43,100) 107 km away, and Morioka (pop. 295,200) 121 km away.

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