6.4-magnitude quake hits Japan

6.4-magnitude quake hits Japan
# 11 August 2009 07:37 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. 6.4-magnitude quake struck Japan, APA reports quoting AFP. The quake struck in the early hours, shutting down bullet train services in the affected region of Japan and provoking a landslide with the nation already braced for more damage from Typhoon Etau.
At least 43 people were injured, mostly by falling objects, with two in a serious condition, said a Shizuoka prefecture official. A nuclear power plant went into automatic shutdown but no incidents were registered.
In an address on Japanese public broadcaster NHK, Shizuoka governor Heita Kawakatsu urged the public to "remain level-headed and gather correct information we provide through TV programmes."
The Japanese quake struck at 5:07 am (2007 GMT Monday) in the Pacific Ocean about 170 kilometres southwest of Tokyo at a depth of 26.8 kilometres.
It shook buildings and jolted people from their sleep in Tokyo and areas southwest of the capital.
A large landslide triggered by the quake damaged a highway in the prefecture at Makinohara, causing long traffic jams, television footage showed.
The Meteorological Agency warned that Typhoon Etau -- whose torrential rains have caused at least 13 deaths from flooding and landslides in Japan -- could trigger further landslides as it moved northeast along the coast.
The typhoon was not forecast to make a direct landfall, but it was predicted to lash the Tokyo region with strong winds and heavy rains.
The quake caused power failures in 9,500 households, utility officials said, while Central Japan Railway Co. suspended Shinkansen bullet trains in the quake-hit region before resuming the services several hours later.
Around 20 percent of the world’s most powerful earthquakes strike Japan.
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