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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK
In pictures: Japanese earthquake
A house damaged in an earthquake in Japan
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Parts of northern Japan were rocked by three strong earthquakes on Saturday.
Elderly woman carried by rescue workers from a village at Nagaoka city in Niigata prefecture
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More than 20 people are known to have died, and at least 2,000 were injured.
A car is caught in a crack on the road in Nagaoka, northwest of Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 25, 2004.
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The earthquakes tore up roads and destroyed houses.
The Shinkansen train lies derailed in Nagaoka, north-western Japan
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Even one of Japan's famous bullet trains was derailed - the first time this has happened.
A woman carries a large load of belongings on her back in the muddy road in Ojiya, northwest of Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 25, 2004.
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By Saturday night, thousands of people had made their way to evacuation centres, afraid of further tremors.
An elderly woman takes a rest with her pet dog in an evacuation centre in Nagaoka, northwest of Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 25, 2004.
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On Sunday, tens of thousands spent another night in emergency shelters, as aftershocks continued to hit the area.
Mudslide in Japan after the earthquake
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Rescuers are continuing to search for those still stranded by heavy rains and mudslides caused by the quakes.
People walk past an electronic quotation board flashing the Nikkei index, 25/10/04
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On Monday, Tokyo's stock market fell sharply in response to the weekend's events.




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