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Japanese Quake Injures 56

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apanese officials say at least 56 people were injured in the powerful earthquake that struck northern Japan earlier Tuesday.

Many of the injuries occurred in the northern city of Sendai, where some 20 people were hurt when the roof of an indoor pool collapsed. A 73-year-old man was injured in Fukushima province when he was hit by a fallen stone lantern.

The 7.2 magnitude quake was centered off the east coast of the main Japanese island of Honshu, some 300 kilometers north of Tokyo. It shook high-rise buildings in downtown Tokyo, and initially cut electric service to at least 17,000 households.

The quake has triggered landslides in several rural locations. One woman was trapped when her house collapsed in a mudslide. She was later rescued.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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