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Powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes northeast Japan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in the southern Kuril Islands in northeast Japan, affecting Hokkaido Island and the northern part of the main island of Honshu, the Central Meteorological Agency of Japan.

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.0 was recorded on the coasts of the Kuril Islands and Japan, announces the Japanese central weather agency and the My Earthquake Alerts service.

The earthquake occurred 99 kilometers southeast of the Russian city of Kurilsk at a depth of 163 kilometers, according to the service.

Northeast Japan, including the island of Hokkaido and the northern part of the main island of Honshu, was also affected by the tremors, reports the Japanese agency.

The USGS estimated the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.9 points.

At the same time, tremors were even felt in Tokyo, according to the agency. On the Shindo scale, generally used in Japan, this earthquake reached level 4 on Hokkaido and 1 in Tokyo.

The tsunami warning was not issued.

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