Strong Earthquake Jolts Northern Japan

Published December 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A strong earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted northern Japan Friday, the Meteorological Agency said, but no casualties or property damage were immediately reported. 

"So far, we have not received any reports of casualties or damage" after the quake struck at 7:13 PM (1013 GMT), said Hokkaido prefectural government official Takashi Odajima. 

"We are making further checks," he said. 

The epicenter of the tremor was 140 kilometers (86.8 miles) below Iturup island, a Russian-held territory about 950 kilometers (589 miles) northeast of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said. 

Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido is located less than 150 kilometers (93 miles) to the southwest. 

No tsunami tidal wave warnings were issued -- TOKYO (AFP)  




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