More than 80 injured in Japan quake

2009-08-11 19:23 BJT

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A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale has rocked eastern and central Japan, injuring more than 80 people. It was the second major quake to hit near Tokyo in two days.

The powerful underwater quake struck at 5:07 a.m., as people slept. The epicenter was located some 23 kilometers below the seabed in Suruga Bay, in Shizuoka Prefecture, 155 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

A task force was set up immediately following the quake, and Prime Minister Taro Aso ordered team members to gather all the information they could on the event and its aftermath.

Taro Aso, Japanese Prime Minister, said, "We are doing our best to gather any kind of information we can from the site. It is very important for us to secure a lifeline to the affected area."

Takeo Kawamura, Japanese Cabinet Secretary, said, "From the Prime Minister, we were ordered to immediately assess the situation, make the information public as soon as possible, and if there are any injuries or casualties, immediately begin any needed rescue."

According to police and local authorities, more than 80 people were injured in the quake-hit area.