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7.4 quake hits near Miyagi

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck near Miyagi at 11:32 p.m. Thursday. The quake was the strongest aftershock of the 9.0-magnitude quake that hit the same region Mar. 11. Two people have died and 132 were injured as a result of the quake. One 79-year-old man died of shock and a woman in her 60s died when her oxygen tank failed because of the subsequent power shortage. The quake left 3.64 million households without electricity in six prefectures, including those who were already without power due to the Mar. 11 quake.

No more nuclear abnormality have been reported so far as a result of the quake.

This powerful aftershock and the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant serve to remind us that Japan is not in the clear yet.



Dustin Dye

Dustin Dye is the author of the YAKUZA DYNASTY series, available through the Amazon Kindle.

He lived in Okayama, Japan, where he taught English at a junior high school through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for three years. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

His interest in Japan began in elementary school after seeing Godzilla fight Ghidorah, the three-headed monster. But it wasn't until he discovered Akira Kurosawa's films through their spaghetti Western remakes that he truly became fascinated in the people and culture of Japan.

He lives in Kansas with his wife, daughter and guinea pig.

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