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Strong aftershock hits Hokkaido

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A strong earthquake hit southern Hokkaido on Friday morning, measuring up to lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake, whose estimated magnitude is 5.2 on the open-ended Richter scale, occurred at a depth of 31 kilometers in the Iburi region of Hokkaido around 8:58 a.m.

An intensity of lower 5 was registered in Atsuma, which had been hit hard by a devastating quake in the same region on Sept. 6. The September temblor logged an intensity of 7 in Atsuma.

Friday’s quake is believed to be an aftershock of the September temblor, the agency said. Seismic activities in the region will continue for the time being, said Toshiyuki Matsumori, director of the agency’s Earthquake and Tsunami Observation Division.

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