Powerful quake hits Japan killing 1, injuring 170

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A powerful earthquake of magnitude-6.9 struck central Japan on Sunday, not just toppling buildings, but triggered landslides also generating a small tsunami along the coast! The quake killed at least one person, injuring 170 others.

Subsequent aftershocks followed the quake throughout the day. The quake left its burn off the north coast of Ishikawa, at 9:42 a.m. according to the Meteorological Agency of Japan.

The agency had issued a ‘tsunami warning’. It urged people living near the sea to move to higher land. According to the agency, a small tsunami measuring 6 inches again hit the shore 36 minutes later. FDMA said that the quake damaged 143 homes, knocking down at least 39 in Ishikawa.

The quake shook buildings violently for about 30 seconds, leaving buildings and shops collapsed with windows shattered, streets cluttered with roof tiles and roads suffered cracked pavement.

Wataru Matsumoto, deputy mayor of the town of Anamizu, near the epicenter said,

We felt violent shaking. My colleagues say the insides of their houses are a mess, with everything smashed on the floor.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki said,

We are doing our best to rescue the victims. We are also doing our best to assess the extent of the damage.

Photo credit: AP/Koji Sasahara

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