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12 Feb 2020 | 07:20 AM UTC

Japan: 5.2-magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Namie (Fukushima prefecture) February 12

5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Namie (Fukushima prefecture) on February 12; aftershocks possible over the near term



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.2-magnitude earthquake 34 km (21 mi) southeast of Namie (Fukushima prefecture) and 90 km (56 mi) southeast of Fukushima (Fukushima prefecture) at approximately 19:37 (local time) on Wednesday, February 12. The quake struck at a depth of 80 km (50 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami warnings were immediately issued.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

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