7.0 quake shakes Japan

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan Monday, the strongest to shake the main island in about two years.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | May 26, 2003


A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan Monday, the strongest to shake the main island in about two years.

The northeastern coast of Honshu was hardest hit, with the temblor causing at least 19 landslides and three fires in that region.

Houses were damaged in the northern states of Miyagi, Iwate, Akita and Aomori.

The quake, though strong, had a limited impact because it was so deep, Japanese government reports said.

It was centered 44 miles below the sea some 12 miles off the coast of northeastern Miyagi state.

A few dozen people were injured, with most of the injuries minor.

The quake was felt hundreds of miles away in Tokyo, where it rocked tall buildings.

Forecasters reported no danger of a tsunami, though more than 90 aftershocks were reported Monday.

In October 2000, a 7.3-magnitude quake hit the southwestern Tottori state. When a 7.2 quake struck the city of Kobe in 1995, more than 5,000 people died.


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