Minor Japan earthquakes expected to continue
March 4, 1997
Web posted at: 1:00 p.m. EST (1800 GMT)
TOKYO (CNN) -- The near-constant rumbling of minor earthquakes at a seaside resort near Tokyo shows no sign of stopping, seismic experts said Tuesday.
Since Monday, more than 2,600 minor tremors, including two which may indicate volcanic activity, hit the cities of Ito and Atami, on the coast of the Izu Peninsula. The mountainous region is 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Tokyo.
Eighty-six of the earthquakes were strong enough to be felt, according to Japan's Earthquake Prediction Information Division. The strongest tremor, measuring magnitude 5.7, came at 12.51 p.m. Tuesday. It was felt as far away as Tokyo.
Three people were slightly injured by falling objects but there had been no reports of major damage, police said.
Authorities say the quakes are a continuation of seismic activity that began in 1978. Last October the same area was tossed around by more than 5,000 earthquakes, most too weak to be felt by humans.
Tokyo Bureau Chief John Lewis andReuters contributed to this report.
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