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October 27, 2004

New quake rattles Japan

A powerful earthquake has jolted northern Japan in the same region where the country's deadliest quake in a decade killed at least 31 people and injured more than 3,400 five days ago.

At least one building collapsed in Ojiya, one of the towns hardest hit by Saturday's big tremor, and smoke could be seen in the city of Nagaoka after the latest quake to hit the mostly rural Niigata region, 250 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

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Posted by Tom Troceen