Strong Earthquake Strikes Northern Honshu, Japan

14 06 2008

A 6.8 earthquake struck Iwate prefecture in the northeastern part of Honshu, Japan on Saturday at 8:43 a.m. Miyagi prefecture and other areas were also hit.

The quake was followed by dozens of aftershocks, including one which registered lower 5 on the Japanese scale in Osaki at around 9:20 a.m. The center of the quake was inland. No tsunami warnings were issued.

Three people were killed and 89 injured. Landslides cut off access to some areas and buried a structure at an onsen (hot spring) where rescue workers were sent to save guests. Rail service was suspended to some areas and expressways in Miyagi Prefecture closed, police said. The quake was felt as far away as the Kanto region and Hokkaido.

Sources:
Mainichi Shinbun
USGS
Japan Meteorological Agency
Photo: Yomiuri Shinbun

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