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July 12, 1993: Japan earthquake toll reaches 230

It was the strongest earthquake to strike Japan since a tremor registering 7.9 in 1968

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A view of the Inaho district in the northern part of Okushiri island shows the aftermath of tsunami which followed the massive earthquake.
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1993 - The fiercest earthquake to hit Japan in 25 years killed at least 230 people and unleashed a catastrophic round of fires and tidal waves that wrecked villages along the north coast. “We fear that more people could have died,” said Yukio Koshimori, a mayor on the island of Okushiri, which seemed to suffer most from the undersea quake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that jolted Hokkaido, Japan’s main northern island. It was the strongest earthquake to strike Japan since a tremor registering 7.9 in 1968. The toll was the highest from a quake for 10 years. Sheets of flame raced through the town of Aonae, destroying 340 homes.

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