24 May '11, 10pm

Light earthquake strikes eastern Japan

TOKYO: A shallow 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, rattling one of the areas hit hardest by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters. The quake struck three kilometres from the coastal town of Iwaki at 5:36 am (2036 GMT) at a depth of 21 kilometres, the USGS said, and 80 kilometres south of Fukushima where authorities are battling an atomic emergency. No tsunami warnings were in effect and there were no immediate reports of damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency initially said the quake measured 5.1 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, which runs to seven, but later downgraded the tremor to a 3.7. The northeastern coast of Japan's main Honshu island was ravaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and monster tsunami on March 11, leaving 24,525 people dead or missing, according to the latest count by the National Po...

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