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Strong quakes hit Japan's Hokkaido, no tsunami warning issued

This image from the Japan Meteorological Agency's website shows the seismic intensity of the quake that struck on Aug. 11, 2022.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A pair of strong earthquakes jolted Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, the weather agency said, issuing no tsunami warning.

    The second quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, occurred around 12:53 a.m. It registered upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Nakagawa and 4 in many other areas in the northern part of the island.

    Local police said they have received no immediate reports of damage.

    The town was also hit hard by the first quake, which occurred around 12:35 a.m. with an estimated magnitude of 5.1 and a rating of lower 5 on the intensity scale, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    The focuses of the quakes were both at a depth of about 10 kilometers, the agency said.

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