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Japanese Cities of Kitakyushu and Fukuoka – March 19th, 2011

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March 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

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This orthorectified image shows the Japanese cities of Fukuoka (lower left) and Kitakyūshū (upper right). The latter is located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan.

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyūshū in Japan. It is bordered on three sides by mountains and opens, on the north, to the Sea of Genkai. The city is located 1,100 km from Tokyo.

Much of the city is now built on reclaimed land, with ongoing developments in Higashi-ku building more artificial islands. Many of the contours of this reclaimed land can be observed in the full image.

Fukuoka is not as seismically active as many other parts of Japan, but does experience occasional earthquakes. The most powerful recent earthquake registered a lower 6 of maximum 7 of the Japanese intensity scale and hit at 10:53 am local time on March 20, 2005, killing one person and injuring more than 400.

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