Japanese Quake Injures Dozens

August 16, 2005

A reported 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Tuesday, injuring nearly 60 people, creating landslides and disrupting power to thousands of homes. A number of the reported injuries were children, who were on summer vacation and were gathered at a public pool.

The quake was centered some 50 miles off the coast of Miyagi state, less than 200 miles north of Tokyo. According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the quake was centered about a dozen miles below the ocean floor and happened just before noon. Several small tsunami waves came after the hurricane, but minimal damage was expected.

Officials reported several aftershocks following the quake. The area where the quake happened is reportedly one of Japan’s more quake prone areas.

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