Japan: Earthquake

A powerful earthquake Tuesday rattled the northern tip of Japan’s Honshu island, about 200 miles north of Tokyo.

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the Yamagata province in northwestern Japan and prompted tsunami advisories. It hit at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday, local time (9:20 a.m. EDT), according to USGS. The Niigata prefecture was hit hardest, according to local news reports.

Early reports said only three people had been injured, including an elderly man who hurt his leg.

Tsunami advisories were in place along coastal areas of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa prefectures. Residents were warned to move away from the coasts. A small tsunami was reported on Awashima island in the Sea of Japan.

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No abnormalities were reported at any of the nuclear plants in Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a news conference.

Roads were blocked, and more than 9,000 homes were without electricity. Video from inside a restaurant showed broken glass scattered over the floor and items knocked off shelves.

A large landslide closed Japan National Route 345 near Murakami city in Niigata, Shingetsu News reported. East Japan Railway Co. said it suspended bullet train service to Yamagata, Akita and Joetsu.

Officials warned that strong aftershocks could be expected.
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