Saturday, June 14, 2008

Japan hit by 6.9 magnitude quake

The earthquake was 390 km north of Tokyo [39.106N, 140.608E]

A large earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale has struck northern Japan. The tremor hit the island at 08:43 local time on Saturday [23:43 GMT]. There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries, however authorities have shut down high-speed rail links and some highways have also been closed [CNN / BBC]. There has been at least one major aftershock striking within 20 km of the first earthquake. The area is relatively rural though populated areas are only 3 km from the epicentre.

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