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PELAHIIVKA---Workers have finished
recovering wreckage from the Malaysia
Airlines Flight 17 disaster, more than four
months after the passenger jet was shot
down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
Under the supervision of Dutch investi-
gators and European security officials, the
recovered fragments were loaded onto a
train in the village of Pelahiivka and
shipped to the Ukrainian government-
held city of Kharkiv yesterday.
The investigation into what happened
to MH17 is being conducted there and in
the Netherlands. Ukraine and Western
governments accuse Russia-backed sepa-
ratist fighters of firing rockets that felled
the plane, killing all 298 people aboard,
while Russian state-run TV has blamed
Ukraine's air force. The recovery opera-
tion, which took a week, had been delayed
because of continued fighting between
government troops and separatist fight-
ers despite a cease-fire agreement
reached in September. (AP)
Workers finish recovering MH17 wreckage in Ukraine
TOKYO---The damage from an overnight
earthquake in a mountainous area of central
Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics
proved more extensive than initially thought.
A daylight assessment yesterday found at
least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and
41 people injured across the region, including
seven seriously, mostly with broken bones,
The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck short-
ly after 10 pm on Saturday west of Nagano
city at a depth of three miles, the Japan Mete-
orological Agency said. The agency revised
the magnitude and depth from initial estimates.
The US Geological Survey recorded a mag-
nitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland,
there was no possibility of a tsunami.
Ryo Nishino, a restaurant owner in Hakuba,
a ski resort village west of Nagano, told Japan-
ese broadcaster NHK that he had "never expe-
rienced a quake that shook so hard. The side-
ways shaking was enormous." He said he was
in the restaurant s wine cellar when the quake
struck, and that nothing broke there.
Japan s Nuclear Regulation Authority said
no abnormalities were reported at three nuclear
power plants in the affected areas. All of Japan s
nuclear plants are offline following a magni-
tude-9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami in
2011 that sent three reactors at the Fukushima
Dai-ichi plant into meltdown. Fukushima is
about 155 miles northeast of where Saturday s
The hardest-hit area appeared to be Hakuba,
which hosted events in the 1998 winter games.
At least 43 homes were destroyed there, and
17 people injured, national and local disaster
agencies said. Another seven homes were lost
in Otari, a nearby village to the north. Non-
residential buildings were also destroyed, with
officials assessing the extent.
Japanese television footage showed buildings
in various states of collapse, some flattened and
others leaning to one side, and deep cracks in
the roads. A landslide spilled onto a railroad track,
forcing service to stop. About 200 people from
Hakuba and Otari had evacuated to shelters.
Shigeharu Fujimori, a Nagano prefecture
disaster management official, said it was for-
tunate there haven t been any deaths reported
despite the extent of the damage.
More than 20 people trapped under col-
lapsed houses were rescued, the National Police
Agency told Japan s Kyodo news agency. Japan-
ese television showed police going house to
house Sunday morning, calling out to make
sure that inhabitants were accounted for.
"The hardest-hit area was in the mountains
and sparsely populated, where neighbours
have a close relationship and help each other,"
Fujimori said. "So I don t think anyone has
been forgotten or left isolated."
Shinkansen bullet train service in the region
was restored after a short interruption. Chubu
Electric Power Co said 200 homes remained
without power yesterday.
The quake has been followed by more than
60 aftershocks, and Meteorological Agency
official Yohei Hasegawa urged residents to
watch out for landslides. The area was struck
by a magnitude-6.7 earthquake the day after
the huge March 2011 quake. (AP)
These aerial photo shows collapsed houses
after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano
prefecture, central Japan, yesterday. The
magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook on Saturday
night the mountainous area that hosted the
1998 Winter Olympics destroying more than half
a dozen homes in the ski resort town. AP PHOTO
Damage worse than thought
in Japanese earthquake
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