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Japan: Another quake rocks Island
Published on 23 Mar. 2011 12:32 AM IST
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A second undersea quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Honshu island in Japan Tuesday, hours after the first quake rocked the region, Xinhua reported. The latest quake occurred around 05.40 p.m. The epicentre was at a depth of 20 km, the China Earthquake Network Centre said.
Earlier Tuesday, a magnitude 5.9 undersea quake struck the region at 12.38 p.m., but there was no report of casualty or damage, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was at a depth of 11.40 km. On March 11, a magnitude-9 quake hit northeast Japan, triggering a massive tsunami in which more than 8,900 people have died, while over 12,000 were still missing.
Japan quake toll rises to over 8,900
The catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami have left 8,928 people dead, while at least 12,664 are still unaccounted for, Xinhua reported citing the National Police Agency.
The operator of the troubled power plant resumed efforts Tuesday to restore power at the reactors a day after gray smoke from a reactor building halted their efforts, DPA reported. Smoke seen pouring from the reactor No.3 building forced workers to suspend operations Monday to restore power at the six-reactor plant, 250 km northeast of Tokyo. No explanation was offered by government officials.

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