16 injured as quake rocks Japan

Apr 13, 2013, 12:33 IST | Agencies

Sixteen people were injured today when a powerful quake jolted western Japan, authorities said.

The earthquake shook Hyogo prefecture and its surrounding areas in western Japan today early morning, a report said.

The quake, registering a preliminary magnitude of 6, occurred at 5:33 am. The epicentre of the quake was near Awaji island in Hyogo prefecture around 10 km underground, Japan Meteorological Agency said.

A concrete wall has collapsed in Sumoto, on Awaji island, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan on April 13, 2013 after a strong earthquake. Pic/ AFP

Sixteen people suffered minor injuries in prefectures of Hyogo, Okayama and Osaka in the quake, media reported.

The Japanese government has set up a task force at the prime minister's office following the quake.

The West Japan Railway Company said it had suspended many of its train services in Hyogo prefecture and surrounding areas.

A devastating quake struck Kobe and surrounding areas in Hyogo in 1995, killing over 6,000 people and injuring more than 40,000.

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