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8.0 quake rocks Japan

A magnitude 8 quake shook northern Japan Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 25, 2003

A magnitude 8 quake shook northern Japan Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The island of Hokkaido was hard hit.

A magnitude 7 aftershock was recorded as well, with more aftershocks following.

Hundreds of people were injured, and those tallies would likely grow as damage is revealed. Several roads were blocked by landslides, preventing access by emergency crews. Huge cracks opened across major highways, and area airports were closed.

The quake caused widespread power outages, train derailments, fires and boat accidents.

It was centered some 60 miles off Hokkaido's eastern shore in the Pacific, and was 36 miles under the seabed. The shallow quake was more likely to generate tsunami.

Residents were warned to evacuate from coastal areas because of the potential for tsunami. A 3-foot tsunami hit the city of Kushiro.

In 1923, a magnitude 8.3 quake hit Tokyo and Yokohama, killing some 140,000.


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