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October 25, 2004

Quake is deadliest in Japan since 1995

Rescue workers airlifted residents out of isolated villages and sifted through wreckage for earthquake survivors yesterday, a day after a series of strong temblors hit northwest Japan, killing at least 21 people and injuring more than 1,500.

Dozens of quakes and tremors Saturday evening, the first and strongest measuring magnitude 6.8, rocked a largely rural area centered around the town of Ojiya, about 160 miles northwest of Tokyo. As smaller aftershocks continued to jolt the area yesterday, Japan's Self-Defense Forces launched rescue operations, helicoptering out dozens of people from villages that had been cut off by damaged roads and bridges.

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Posted by Tom Troceen