Major earthquake strikes Japan
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2007
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 88, Issue 30, page 302, 24 July 2007
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On 16 July 2007 at 10:13 A.M. local time (0113 UT) an earthquake of local magnitude 6.8 rumbled offshore Niigata Prefecture on Japan's Honshu Island, originating approximately 17 kilometers underground at 37.5°N, 138.6°E, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The epicenter was less than 10 kilometers from the shore, close to Kashiwazaki, a city with a population of approximately 100,000. The death toll as of 19 July is 10; all fatalities were people more than 70 years old, most of whom were buried under collapsed buildings, the majority of which were old wooden houses. More than 1300 were injured.