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13 people injured in Japan quake
23 Nov 2014 09:09
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit central Japan on temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured.
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The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 180km away.
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A National Police Agency official said the quake destroyed five houses in Hakuba village, host to ski jumping and other events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, but that the21 villagers trapped were successfully rescued.
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At least two of them were injured, although the degree of their injuries was not immediately clear, he said.
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NHK reported 13 people were injured in the quake, including five who were seriously hurt.
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters an advanced party of Japan's military had been sent to the area and others were on standby.
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High-speed trains were halted but later resumed service, Kyodo news agency reported.
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There were no signs of irregularities at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant, a spokesman for the utility said.
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The plant, where all seven reactors are currently off-line, is the world's largest power station.
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