M5.8 quake hits Hokkaido; no major damage reported

By Yuri Kageyama

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Glad to hear that no one was seriously injured and there was no serious damage. Some of my facebook friends in Sapporo and Asahikawa said they ran out of their homes when the earthquake struck.

Nice to see the overview on Japan Today - wish it had more specificity as to where the quake was located. Overseas readers are left wondering where in Hokkaido this is with the report stating only that "The quake hit the southwestern part of Hokkaido at 9:22 p.m. at a depth of about 30 kilometers and measured magnitude 5.8. The same area was hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake in September which triggered dozens of landslides and left more than 40 people dead." Fortunately, those of us who know that the earlier quake was SW of Obihiro do not wonder if this quake was SW of Hakodate.

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You can get some more info about the intensity here:

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Hope this is not the precursor for something bigger to come as with all earthquakes recently. Although we can't expect better to be prepared.

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Luckily there are no restarted NPPs on this extremely active fault line.

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