No reports of South Africans hurt in Japan quake

2013-04-13 12:03
A concrete wall has collapsed at Awaji city in Awaji islad, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan after a strong earthquake. (Picture: AFP/Jiji Press)

A concrete wall has collapsed at Awaji city in Awaji islad, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan after a strong earthquake. (Picture: AFP/Jiji Press)

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Johannesburg - No South Africans have yet been reported injured in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Saturday morning, the department of international relations said.

"We have not been alerted of any South Africans who were injured in the earthquake there," said spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

The earthquake near the southwestern city of Kobe, left 23 people injured, seven of them seriously.

Most of them were elderly people tripping while trying to flee, police told Associated Press..

There has been no report of fatalities yet.

The quake left some homes with broken rooftop tiles and cracked walls, while goods fell off store shelves, according to the Meteorological Agency and Japanese TV news footage.

The quake was in the area where a magnitude 7.2 quake killed more than 6 400 people in 1995.

News footage showed that some areas on the island had liquefied, a common effect of strong earthquakes. Japan is among the most quake-prone nations in the world, the AP said.

In March 2011, northeastern Japan was struck with a giant quake and tsunami, killing nearly 19 000 people and setting off a nuclear disaster.

The agency warned there may be aftershocks for about a week.

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