Another strong quake strikes disaster-hit Japan
A strong offshore earthquake jolted central Japan, including Tokyo, on Thursday, just two days after a powerful tremor left one person dead and 120 injured.world Updated: Aug 13, 2009 13:55 IST
A strong offshore earthquake jolted central Japan, including Tokyo, on Thursday, just two days after a powerful tremor left one person dead and 120 injured.
The 6.7-magnitude quake struck at 07:49 am (2249 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean, some 325 kilometres (202 miles) southeast of the capital, according to the US Geological Survey.
The Japanese meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning, and no immediate damage was reported.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck central Japan on Tuesday, damaging nearly 5,200 buildings and a section of the arterial road linking Tokyo with the western city of Osaka.
Construction workers for Central Nippon Expressway Co., which operates the Tomei Expressway, scrambled to repair the section damaged in a landslide before the weekend, a major summer holiday break in Japan.
But the company said it will take at least until Saturday before the highway will fully reopen.
Around 20 percent of the world’s most powerful earthquakes strike Japan, which is located at the intersection of several tectonic plates.
Japanese rescuers and troops also continued searching for 10 people still missing after Typhoon Etau brought torrential rains to western Japan earlier this week, which left at least 19 people dead in landslides and floods.