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Last Updated: Saturday June 14 2008 14:10 GMT

In pictures: Earthquake rocks Japan

Landslide (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale has struck northern Japan.

A forest road is heavily damaged by an powerful earthquake at Kurihara in northern Japan(AP Photo/Kyodo News)

At least six people died, and more than 140 were injured when it struck on Saturday.

A large part of a 95-meter bridge is collapsed  (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The huge quake damaged bridges and caused landslides.

A rescuer escorts a boy from a helicopter (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Rescuers have been taking injured people to hospital.

Rescuers conduct a search of still missing people at a collapsed hot spa building (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

And searching inside damaged buildings.

A television cameraman films an earthquake-damaged road in Kurihara, northern Japan (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and experiences thousands of little tremors every year.