Japan's quake toll reaches 7, more than 800 injured

The death toll rose to seven from Monday's big tremor and the aftershocks that have rocked northwestern Japan, while over 800 were injured.

Japan's quake toll reaches 7, more than 800 injured
The death toll rose to seven from Monday's big tremor and the aftershocks that have rocked northwestern Japan, while over 800 were injured.

Self-Defense Forces personnel, police and firefighters have been mobilized to search for the missing people, while work to restore power, water and gas supplies is underway following the first quake that struck Niigata Prefecture, 250 kilometers northwest of Tokyo, at 10:13 a.m. (0113 GMT).

More than 11,000 people have taken refuge at some 100 evacuation shelters and many people remain stranded with communications and transportation infrastructure badly damaged in Niigata and Nagano prefectures. At least 640 homes collapsed either completely or partially as of 10 p.m. in the two prefectures, local governments said. More than 56,000 households in the area were without electricity after the quake.

In Tokyo, the government established an emergency headquarters to deal with the quake, which was also felt in the wide areas of central and eastern Japan, including the capital. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his cabinet members to make their utmost efforts to rescue victims and collect information related to the earthquake. Niigata also hosts a nuclear power plant, and an electric transformer outside one of the reactors caught fire in the morning. But no radioactive leakage has been detected, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

By 9 p.m., 69 aftershocks had occurred in Niigata and Nagano prefectures, the meteorological agency said. It also said aftershocks are continuing in the area and warned of possible powerful quakes and landslides. The focus of the earthquake was 17 kilometers under the sea floor off Niigata, according to the agency.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2007, 18:52
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