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Powerful earthquake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Oct. 5, 2018 2:19 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2018 9:38 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A strong earthquake hit Japan's northernmost main island Hokkaido which was hit by one of the country's most powerful tremors last month.

According to a Japanese broadcaster NHK, the quake, which struck at 8.58am, had a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 and measured a five on Japan's quake intensity scale of one to seven, with seven being the strongest.

NHK added that there was no danger of a tsunami from the earthquake.

Reports said that a 30-year-old woman suffered minor injuries, however, no other injuries or material damages were reported.

In addition, there was no indication of damage to nuclear or coal-fired power plants on Hokkaido.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake, which measured at 5.2 magnitude, was 42km deep and centered on Hokkaido's southern coast.

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