Thursday, July 24, 2008

Powerful Earthquake Hits Japan Early Thursday With A 6.8 Magnitude

I was watching the news just a few hours ago, I heard about the earthquake that hits Tokyo, Japan. It is hard to believe the disasters been happening around the world have caused so much lives are suffering and lost. I am starting to think that the "Global Warming" has something to do with this! It is so ironic because, I have watched the movie "Category 7" about 5 months ago, and now this weird weathers and natural disasters that's been happening around the world, it is so un-forgiving and un-realistic! I wonder if this is happening in real life?

People clean up the pieces of glasses shattered by a strong earthquake at an auto dealership in Karumai, Iwate prefecture Thursday, July 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

A powerful earthquake struck off Tokyo the northern Japanese coast early Thursday, injuring at least 91 people, triggering landslides and cutting power to thousands of people, officials said. Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami from the temblor, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8. It struck shortly after midnight about 65 miles underground and centered just off the coast of Iwate, 280 miles northeast of Tokyo. The 91 people injured were mainly suffering from cuts and bruises from broken glasses and falling objects and none of the injuries was life threatening, said National Police Agency official on condition of anonymity, citing department policy. There were no immediate reports of any problems at the nearest nuclear power plant, which continued operations, according to local media reports. But Japan's "bullet" super-express trains were suspended in some areas, according to operator East Japan Railway Co. The earthquake also triggered landslides at several locations, the police agency official said.

Disaster Minister Shinya Izumi told reporters that the earthquake caused a blackout in wide areas in the region, leaving about 6,700 homes without electricity. Izumi said a team of officials from the ministry were assessing the extent of damage. Police said some of the more serious injuries included: a woman in Hirono and another in nearby Aomori City who each broke a leg falling down stairs; another woman in Aomori City who broke her hip as she fled out a window; and a 66-year-old woman in Miyagi prefecture who broke her arm falling from a bed.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. A 6.8 magnitude earthquake is capable of causing serious, widespread damage. Last month, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck sparsely populated rural areas in northern Japan, killing at least 12 people, leaving 10 others missing and injuring more than 300.

Meteorological Agency official Takashi Yokota warned of possible aftershocks from Thursday's quake.

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writer
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