6.9-magnitude earthquke strikes near Japan, Russia

Feb. 13 (UPI) — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Hokkaido Prefecture and Russia’s Kuril Islands Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake struck 57.1 miles east-northeast of Kurilat a depth of 88.6 miles, the USGS said. There were no early reports of damage or injuries connected with the tremor.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist with Imperial College London, said the earthquake would have been strong enough to be felt widely through northern Japan. Some said the earthquake was also felt in Tokyo.

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