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A 4.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Ibaraki, Japan.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Minutes ago the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) agency reported that a 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck the North Pacific Ocean, 132 km east of Mito, Ibaraki, Japan at a depth of 40km. A second agency, France’s Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) listed the quake at magnitude 5.0.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might revised later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their report.

Towns or cities that might have felt a weak shaking include Hasaki (pop. 39,200) located 113 km from the epicenter, Hitachi (pop. 186,300) 116 km away, Hitachi-Naka (pop. 156,800) 122 km away, and Katsuta (pop. 156,000) 122 km away.

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