Jul 31, 2011

VOA Special English News 30

A strong earthquake struck in northeastern Japan early Sunday. The 6.4 earthquake hit in the same area that was heavily damaged by a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. The United States Geological Survey says the center of the earthquake was 43 kilometers under the Pacific Ocean near the east coast of Japan's Honshu island. That is 185 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. There were no reports of injuries and damage from the quake and no tsunami warning was released. More than 20 thousand people were killed or are still missing after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that followed. And 80 thousand people have been forced out of their homes because of the radiation threat from Fukushima Daiichi Nucear Power Center.


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