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  • Tsunami warning issued after 6.8 quake in N. JPN

    Magnitude-6.8 earthquake jolts northern Japan
    Eighty people injured when pool roof collapses in Sendai
    BREAKING NEWS
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 11:47 p.m. ET Aug. 15, 2005

    TOKYO - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck the northeast coast of Japan on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami warning and shaking buildings nearly 200 miles away in Tokyo, the nation’s Meteorological Agency said.

    Eighty people were injured when the roof of an indoor pool collapsed in the coastal city of Sendai, the national broadcaster NHK reported. None of the injuries was critical, according to the Kyodo News Agency, which also reported two people injured in the neighboring prefecture of Iwata.

    A 4-inch tsunami reached the Japanese shore about 15 minutes after the quake struck, NHK said, with no major damage immediately reported. While a tsunami can rise to great heights when it arrives at the shore, such waves are often barely noticeable in the ocean.

    The U.S. Geological Survey registered the quake with a 7.2 magnitude.

    13 miles under ocean floor
    The quake was centered nearly 13 miles beneath the ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture in northeastern Japan, NHK said, citing the nation’s Meteorological Agency. The quake hit around 11:46 a.m. local time.

    Japan sits at the juncture of four tectonic plates — or moving slabs of the earth’s outer crust — and is one of the world’s most quake-prone regions.

    Earlier in the day, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake shook Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. There was no danger of a tsunami in that one.

    A magnitude-6.0 quake shook the Tokyo area on July 23, injuring more than two dozen people and suspending flights and trains for hours. A magnitude-5 quake can damage homes and other buildings if it is centered in a heavily populated area.

    A Dec. 26 earthquake with a magnitude estimated at 9.1 to 9.3 and the subsequent tsunami killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia and left half a million homeless. Three months later, another strong temblor left more than 900 dead on Nias and smaller surrounding islands.
    © 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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  • #2
    Damn.

    Well, I hope my friend in Hiroshima is alright. Looks like I'll be buying another calling card...

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    • #3
      They are gonna issue a Tsunami warning everytime someone farts just to make up for not getting the word out last time.
      Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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