At Least 26 Injured as 6.4 Earthquake Rocks Japan, Triggering Small Tsunami and Mass Power Outage

At least 26 people were injured, including one seriously, after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Japan’s northwestern region late Tuesday, causing landslides and power outages in some areas.

The quake hit Niigata Prefecture on Tuesday night, recording a maximum of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7.

Seventeen people were injured in Yamagata Prefecture, four each in Niigata and Miyagi prefectures, and one in Ishikawa Prefecture, according to a Kyodo News tally on Wednesday. There were no reports of missing people, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

A landslide was reported in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture, and the Japan Meteorological Agency warned of potential collapses of buildings and more landslides as there is a chance of more quakes of similar levels hitting Yamagata and Niigata prefectures facing the Sea of Japan over the following week while rain is expected in part of the region on Wednesday.

A man in his 30s in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, fell down and fractured a bone, according to local officials.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 800 people evacuated.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said early Wednesday that no fires, major damage nor serious injuries have been reported.

The quake, which occurred at around 10:22 p.m. off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture, prompted the Meteorological Agency to issue tsunami advisories for coastal areas of Yamagata and Niigata prefectures and the Noto area in Ishikawa Prefecture. The agency estimated the possible tsunami’s height to be as much as 1 meter.

A 10 cm tsunami was reported at Niigata port just after midnight, but the Meteorological Agency lifted the tsunami advisories for all three prefectures at 1:02 a.m.

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SOURCE: Japan Times