Japan Quake Injures Dozens

6.8 quake collapses buildings 300 miles north of Tokyo
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2008 2:34 AM CDT
Large rocks sit on a road following an earthquake in Iwaizumi, in Iwate prefecture, 500km north of Tokyo on July 24, 2008. A powerful earthquake shook northern Japan, injuring at least 100 people.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A powerful earthquake jolted north-central Japan early today, injuring over 100 people, according to initial reports. The 6.8 quake collapsed 31 buildings on Japan's main Honshu island, according to CNN. Thousands of homes lost power in a blackout and landslides cut off key roads Officals have warned of aftershocks but say there is no danger of a tsunami.

The quake, the second to rattle Japan in the last four weeks, shook buildings 300 miles away in Tokyo. It happened at a relatively deep 75 miles underground, lessening the impact, officials said.  Military helicopters were sent to the area to check for trapped victims but were hampered by rain and foggy conditions.