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Archive for Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Earthquake death toll at 10; 12 missing

June 17, 2008

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— Soldiers pulled the body of a 58-year-old man Monday from a hot spring inn knocked down by a landslide in northern Japan, bringing the death toll in a weekend earthquake to 10.

Authorities said 12 people were still missing from Saturday's 7.2-magnitude quake, which tore across the rural area, triggering a series of deadly landslides that barreled into homes and swept away roads.

Hope of finding more survivors dimmed Monday. Dozens of soldiers and other rescue workers surrounded the remains of the resort inn, which had been inundated with a deluge of mud, rocks and trees.

The man discovered on Monday was the fourth body salvaged from the inn. Three more victims - presumably dead - were believed buried in the wreckage.

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