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Quake rocks Japan, kills 1, injures 170

Breaking Seismic News: Japan
Photo: Residents look at collapsed part of the Noto Tollway in Nanao in Ishikawa prefecture (state), northern Japan, Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2007.

Deadly Quake Strikes Japan

KANAZAWA, Japan - A powerful earthquake struck central Japan on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring 170 others as it toppled buildings, triggered landslides and generated a small tsunami along the coast. The quake was followed throughout the day by aftershocks.

The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 9:42 a.m. off the north coast of Ishikawa, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The agency issued a tsunami warning urging people near the sea to move to higher land.
A small tsunami measuring 6 inches hit the shore 36 minutes later, the agency said.
The morning quake toppled buildings, triggered landslides, cut power, interfered with phone service, broke water mains and snarled public transportation. At least one person was killed and 170 others were hurt along the country's Sea of Japan coast, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.


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