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Hokkaido Earthquake

Updated: February 22, 2019

On February 21st, 2019 at approximately 9:22 pm JST, a strong earthquake (Magnitude 5.7) occurred in the Iburi region in southwestern Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. According to Japan Meteorological Agency, this earthquake poses no tsunami risk. Please check below resources for updates and details.

Announcement from the Hokkaido Government

For those who consider traveling to Hokkaido, an earthquake occurred in the Iburi region on February 21. However it has not affected transportation and stay for those who travel around Hokkaido so that you can enjoy traveling in Hokkaido safely.
Regarding transportation information, please check to see the following website.
Hokkaido Safety-travel Information


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