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Tuesday, August 11, 2009


An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale has struck central Japan forcing the shut-down of a nuclear power plant, injuring more than 40 people, and delaying bullet trains.

The earthquake in Japan was the second in two days and struck shortly after 5am with the earthquakes epicentre located 05 miles south-west of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean.

Residents in Tokyo were jolted awake in the early hours as buildings swayed and shelves were shaken bare. Television footage of the Tokyo Earthquake showed shop aisles littered with fallen goods.

At least 43 people were injured as a result of the earthquake in Japan, most of the earthquake related injuries were as a result of objects falling from shelves, thus far, only 2 people are reported in serious condition as a result of injuries sustained during the Tokyo Japan Earthquake on August 11 / 12th.

As many as 9,500 power failures were triggered by the earthquake, while two reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka were shut down as a result of the Earthquake with company officials later reporting “no abnormalities”.

Bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka were suspended until safety checks cleared the trains as "safe" several hours after the earthquake and approximately 13 aftershocks.

The earthquake coincided with the pending arrival of Tropical Storm Etau which resulted in at least 13 people having died as a result of recent flooding and landslides west of the Tokyo.

This recent Earthquake in Japan took place a mere two days after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred south of Tokyo.

Japan, located in a zone where four tectonic plates meet, is home to around 20 per cent of the world’s annual earthquakes.

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