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Friday, September 01, 2006

Japan holds huge quake drill with US military

CD Japan holds huge quake drill with US military

"Japan held a huge earthquake disaster drill in Tokyo on Friday with a US navy ship transporting evacuees and helicopters carrying relief supplies.

The exercises, held every year on the anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake which killed more than 140,000 people on September 1, 1923, are a reminder that the island nation, where earthquakes occur frequently, must be vigilant.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck southern Japan shortly before the drills started. But there were no reports of damage or casualties. On Thursday, Tokyo was struck by a 4.8 magnitude quake.

In a mock news conference on Friday, a grim-faced Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said that massive damage had been caused by an earthquake that struck Tokyo earlier in the day."

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