5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan's Hokkaido: USGS

November 4, 2018
USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage after a hallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's northern island of Hokkaido November 5, 2018

A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The moderate quake hit at a depth of eight kilometres (five miles), 107 kilometres northeast of Shibetsu.

USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

It comes after a powerful 6.6-magnitude quake in September rocked Hokkaido, triggering landslides, collapsing houses and killing more than 40.

Japan sits at the junction of four and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.

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