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Strong earthquake strikes Japan, injuring 23 people, several seriously


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake's magnitude at 6.3 (Photo: USGS)
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake's magnitude at 6.3 (Photo: USGS)

Staff writers

April 13, 2013 — A strong earthquake shook Japan on Saturday near the southwestern city of Kobe, leaving 23 people injured, seven of them seriously.

The magnitude-5.8 earthquake, as confirmed by the U.S Geological Survey, left homes with rooftop tiles broken and cracked walls, while goods fell off store shelves, according to the Meteorological Agency and Japanese TV news footage.

The earthquake was centred on Awaji Island, just south of Kobe, at a depth of 14 kilometres.

The quake was in the area where a magnitude-6.9 temblor killed 6,434 people in 1995, and cost $US100 billion in damage.

TV news footage showed that some areas of the island had liquefied, a common effect of strong earthquakes.

The agency warned there may be aftershocks for about a week.

No deaths have been reported.


With files from The Associated Press

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