October 3, 1995 in Nation/World

Thousands Of Earthquakes Strike Japan Over Four Days

Associated Press

Earthquakes rocked southwestern Japan for the fourth straight day on Monday, stirring up fears that a major earthquake might be imminent.

More than 5,700 quakes have been registered since Friday, 95 of which were strong enough to be felt, according to the Central Meteorological Agency.

The strongest quake, Sunday, registered a 4.8 magnitude, but there were no reports of injuries or significant damage.

Television footage Monday showed fallen tombstones, porcelain goods toppled from shelves and cracks in walls. A train line was halted for about 90 minutes Sunday to check track safety.

Yoshiaki Ida, chairman of the Coordinating Committee for the Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions, an meteorological advisory panel, said a relatively large earthquake may occur.

She could not predict when.

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