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Feb 02, 2013 at 08:34pm IST

Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes Japan's Hokkaido island: USGS

Washington: A strong magnitude 6.9 quake struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido near the town of Obihiro on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as being offshore and a magnitude 6.8, was 64 miles (103 km) deep and centered just 9 miles (15 km) southwest of Obihiro.

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