Aftershocks continue in Japan

Power aftershocks continue to shake the parts of Japanese island of Honshu after a weekend 6.7-magnitude earthquake.

BY HEATHER MOYER | ISHIKAWA, Japan | March 27, 2007

Aftershocks continued to shake west coast towns on the Japanese island of Honshu, two days after a powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked the area.

The early Sunday earthquake killed one person and injured more than 200 others. Since the first quake, more than 200 aftershocks up to magnitude 5.3 have hit the region.

More than 700 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported. Among the hardest hit areas was the resort and fishing town of Wajima, where more than 2,500 residents evacuated their homes, government reports said.

The shaking also caused landslides, cut power and water service and disrupted transportation. Damage assessments were continuing this week.

Sunday's quake caused a small tsunami on the island's west coast. Japanese officials called the country's tsunami warning system a success due to quick evacuations after the first temblor. A six-inch tsunami came ashore 30 minutes after the 6.7 quake but caused no damage.

The quake struck off the north coast of Ishikawa. Its epicenter was 50 miles north of Kanazawa and 210 miles west-northwest of Tokyo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS said the quake measured 6.7.

Seismologists warned residents of further aftershocks this week, which could cause more damage and injuries due to falling debris and landslides.

Other major quakes struck around the world in the past few days, including magnitude 6.9 and 7.1 quakes near Vanuata in the Pacific and magnitude 4.8 and 5.1 quakes in Greece.

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