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7.0 quake strikes Japan

Hundreds of people were injured and at least one person was dead in the wake of a 7.0 earthquake that struck Japan.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | March 20, 2005

Hundreds of people were injured and at least one person was dead in the wake of a 7.0 earthquake that struck Japan.

Aftershocks continued on Sunday morning, with one measuring 4.2, but a tsunami warning that had been initially issued was canceled.

The quake was centered west of Kyushu Island. It had a shallow depth of 5.5 miles below the ocean floor, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

Damages included collapsed homes, water and gas main breaks, widespread power outages, disruptions in train service, and stunted telephone communication.

The Fukuoka prefecture, where most of the injuries occurred, appeared to be hardest hit, with neighboring Saga also sustaining damages.

Aftershocks will continue, warned the Japanese Meteorological Agency, and may be as high as magnitude 6.

Japan is an earthquake-prone country.


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