Japan Earthquake 2013: 6.3 Magnitude Quake Leaves Several Injured

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Men look at fallen gravestones at a stone shop following an earthquake in Awaji, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan, Saturday, April 13, 2013. Japan's Meteorological Agency said a magnitude-6 quake has struck near the southwestern city of Kobe, but public broadcaster NHK reports there is no major damage and no tsunami alert has been issued. The quake hit early Saturday and was centered on Awaji Island, just south of Kobe, the agency and NHK said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) | AP

TOKYO — A strong earthquake shook Japan on Saturday near the southwestern city of Kobe, leaving 22 people injured, seven of them seriously – mostly elderly tripping while trying to flee, police said. No one was killed.

The magnitude 6.3 quake left some homes with rooftop tiles broken and cracked walls, while goods fell off store shelves, according to the Meteorological Agency and Japanese TV news footage.

The agency had earlier said the magnitude was 6, but later upgraded it.

The quake was centered on Awaji Island, just south of Kobe, at a depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles).

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

TV 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. In March 2011, northeastern Japan was struck with a giant quake and tsunami.

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

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