Friday, June 13, 2008

Powerful M7 quake jolts northeastern Japan

TOKYO-A powerful earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 7 jolted extensive areas centering on northeastern Japan Saturday morning, injuring dozens of people in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.The 8:43 a.m. quake measured upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in some areas of Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. No tsunami warnings were issued.Firefighters in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture, where the intensity of 6 was felt, said at least six were injured in the quake.Landslides occurred in various areas in Kurihara, and a bridge in the city collapsed, according to the Miyagi prefectural government.
About 20 passengers on a bus heading for Sendai airport were injured in the city of Natori in Miyagi as the bus bounced due to the quake, firefighters said.In the city of Oshu in Iwate, seven children at a nursery school were injured, firefighters said.The quake has not affected operations at nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.East Japan Railway Co. said it has suspended train services between Omiya and Hachinohe stations on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line.All expressways in Miyagi Prefecture have been closed,police said.The quake was felt in the Kanto region centering on Tokyo.The focus of the quake was about 10 kilometers below ground in southern Iwate Prefecture, the agency said.
As in the days of Noah....

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