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Published: Jul 16, 2007
Second Japan Earthquake In Sea Of Japan 6.8 Magnitude, Tsunami Fear
by Mitch Marconi

A second Japan earthquake has struck the Sea of Japan, and the tsunami threat has now risen, heightening fear in its path.

It is said that the second 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook a building for a total of 20 seconds, just hours after the first earthquake left at least 7 dead, and hundred injured.

Seven people have been killed and no less than 500 people have been injured in the first 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked northwestern Japan on Monday morning. That earthquake sparked a few very small tsunamis, growing to be no more than about 8 inches tall.

The Japan earthquake flattened homes and sparked a small fire at the world's largest nuclear power plant, according to reports. The quake was centered in Niigata prefecture some 250 km (155 miles) northwest of Tokyo.

The quake flattened dozens of wooden houses and the area was plagued by a series of aftershocks, the strongest of which was magnitude 5.6. There have been no immediate reports of additional damage or injuries from the tremors.

2 of the 7 confirmed killed were women in their 80s, who died when their homes collapsed, Japanese media said. Kyodo news agency said a 79-year-old woman was also killed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered 6.8 magnitudes. Koichi Thira of Japan's Meteorological Agency warned that the aftershocks could continue for a week.

Japan sits on top of four tectonic plates and is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

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