Powerful quake rocks Japan; 1 dead, 150 injured

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March 25, 2007 09:06

A powerful earthquake struck Japan on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring 150 others as it damaged buildings and triggered a small tsunami along the coast, officials and media reports said. The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 9:42 a.m. (0042 GMT) off the north coast of Ishikawa prefecture, 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 10 centimeters hit the shore 36 minutes later, the agency said. The warning was lifted after about an hour. The quake toppled buildings, triggered landslides, cut power, interfered with phone service, broke water mains and snarled public transportation.


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