Agency officials say a magnitude 5.1 quake hit the central part of Hokkaido at 11:45 PM local time. Its depth was about 27 kilometers.
The tremor registered an intensity of 5-minus on the Japanese scale of zero to 7 in Abira Town, southeast of Sapporo City.
An intensity of 4 was registered nearby, including in the city of Sapporo.
There is a report that an elderly woman has suffered a minor injury.
About one hour later, another earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
The quake registered an intensity of 5-minus in Ubuyama Village, an intensity of 4 in Aso City and Takamori Town.
Agency officials say the depth was 11 kilometers underground in the prefecture.
So far, there are no reports of damage.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency says 2 major earthquakes have hit about an hour apart. One struck the northern island of Hokkaido and the other was in the southern island of Kyushu. (NHK)
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