Japan quake toll rises to six (Third Lead)

June 14th, 2008 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, June 14 (Xinhua) The toll in Japan’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake Saturday in the north-eastern part of the country rose to six, officials said. The powerful quake jolted the region at around 8.00 a.m. Two hundred people were injured and 11 people were missing after the quake.

The epicentre was located in the southern part of the Iwate Prefecture.

The earthquake was felt in many parts of the region, including Honshu Island, Tokyo and Hokkaido, Miyagi and Akita Prefectures.

No tsunami warning was issued.

According to a TV report, a bridge in Kurihara city of Miyagi Prefecture collapsed in the quake, which also caused landslides in many places.

Kyodo News said about 400 people, including tourists, were left stranded after the quake.

Around 800 rescue workers have been sent to the quake-hit areas for disaster relief work, officials said.

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