Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Great intensity earthquake hits Andaman island, Japan

A great intensity earthquake of 7.6 magnitude on Richter scale struck off the Andaman and Nicobar islands on Tuesday, Indian Meteorological Department said.

However, no casualty has been reported so far. The quake hit the island at 01:26 AM about 265 kms north of Port Blair city, the IMD said.Tremors were also felt at several places in Chennai. The residents of Anna Nagar, Mylapore, Besant Nagar and Nungambakkam areas in Chennai felt the tremors.

Complaints of cracks in the houses were also received from few places.

Quake strikes Japan

Powerful earthquakes on Tuesday rattled Japan, triggering panic on fears of a tsunami and injuring dozens of people southwest of Tokyo.

The quake struck in the early hours, shutting down bullet train services in the affected region of Japan and provoking a landslide with the nation already braced for more damage from Typhoon Etau.

At least 43 people were injured, mostly by falling objects, with two in a serious condition, said a Shizuoka prefecture official.

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