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21 Injured by Quake on Southern Island

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / JAPAN

April 20, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

A strong earthquake struck southern Japan, injuring at least 21 people and shattering windows in swaying buildings, officials said.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8, was centered nine miles below the seabed just west of the city of Fukuoka on Kyushu island, the Central Meteorological Agency reported.

The injured included a woman who broke her shoulder while trying to stop a Buddhist altar from falling, officials said.

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