.contact us |.about us
News > International News ... ...
Another strong quake hits northern Japan
( 2003-10-08 10:12) (Agencies)

A strong 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Wednesday, the third quake to rattle the region in two days and the latest since a powerful temblor injured more than 700 people there less than two weeks ago.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

Wednesday's earthquake struck at 2:41 a.m. about 30 miles under the ocean floor just off the island's remote eastern coast, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. There was no danger of tsunami, potentially dangerous ocean waves triggered by seismic activity, the agency said.

It comes just a day after two similar quakes, including one of magnitude 5.6, rattled the region and after the release of new warning that a major fault line in the area still has pent up energy to release.

A researcher at the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center predicted the region could be hit again by a quake of similar to the 8.0-magnitude one that slammed Hokkaido on Sept. 27.

That tremor the world's strongest seismic jolt since a magnitude-8.4 temblor that killed 74 people in Peru in June 2001 damaged homes and roads, leaving about 756 people injured, 59 seriously. Two fishermen were missing and believed to have been swept away by tsunami waves, some as high as 13 feet.

Using seismic sensors to assess an undersea fault, the researcher said the Sept. 27 quake hadn't expended all the energy built up there and that another 7.5-magnitude quake is possible.

A magnitude-5 quake can damage buildings; a magnitude-7 is capable of causing widespread, massive damage. Japan sits atop four tectonic plates or slabs of the earth's surface and is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

  Today's Top News   Top International News
+Southeast Asia looks ahead to free trade
( 2003-10-08)
+Preferential policies remain intact
( 2003-10-08)
+Tokyo to launch probe into Zhuhai hotel orgy
( 2003-10-08)
+UBS: No economy-wide bubbles
( 2003-10-08)
+Opinion: US export controls on China unwise
( 2003-10-08)
+Bangladesh ranked most corrupt nation
( 2003-10-08)
+Another strong quake hits northern Japan
( 2003-10-08)
+Turkish parliament approves peacekeepers for Iraq
( 2003-10-08)
+Sharon threatens to hit Israel's enemies anywhere
( 2003-10-08)
+Israeli map shows 'Terror Network' in Damascus
( 2003-10-08)
  Go to Another Section  
  Article Tools  
  Related Articles  

+Refinery ablaze after Japan aftershocks

+Quake aftershocks rattle northern Japan

+Northern Japan quake causes light damage

+Strong quake hits Japan, one killed

+Quakes hit Japan's Hokkaido, injuries reported

+Strong north Japan quake injures 160

+Strong quake rocks Tokyo, some injuries

        .contact us |.about us
  Copyright By chinadaily.com.cn. All rights reserved