Quakes rock Japan island (Lead)

March 22nd, 2011 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo/Beijing, March 22 (IANS) A second undersea quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Honshu island in Japan Tuesday, hours after the first quake rocked the region, Xinhua reported.

The latest quake occurred around 05.40 p.m. The epicentre was at a depth of 20 km, the China Earthquake Network Centre said.

Earlier Tuesday, a magnitude 5.9 undersea quake struck the region at 12.38 p.m., but there was no report of casualty or damage, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was at a depth of 11.40 km.

On March 11, a magnitude-9 quake hit northeast Japan, triggering a massive tsunami in which more than 8,900 people have died, while over 12,000 were still missing.

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