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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Iwate, Japan.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Moments ago the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the North Pacific Ocean, 52 km northeast of Miyako, Iwate, Japan at a depth of 56km.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed again later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.

Towns or cities that felt a weak shaking include Miyako (pop. 51,700) located 52 km from the epicenter, Yamada (pop. 20,100) 68 km away, Ōtsuchi (pop. 16,500) 80 km away, Kamaishi (pop. 43,100) 90 km away, Hachinohe (pop. 239,000) 92 km away, and Ichinohe (pop. 15,800) 95 km away.

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