Japan quake: 26 injured, thousands take shelter

Japan quake: 26 injured, thousands take shelter

Agency News

Tokyo, June 19 : At least 26 were injured as a result of an earthquake in northwestern Japan, the Kyodo News agency reported Wednesday.

Earlier reports suggested that up to 21 people were wounded.A total of 17 people were injured in the prefecture of Yamagata, four in Niigata, four in Miyagi, and one in Ishikawa.The 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Tuesday. A tsunami warning was issued following the earthquake, but it was later lifted by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake struck at 10.22 pm local time at a depth of 14 km, reported Japan Today.The temblor registered upper 6 on Japan's seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in Murakami in Niigata.

Thousands of people in the city and surrounding regions had to take shelter at temporary evacuation centres, local officials said.Railway operators said that Shinkansen bullet train operations were delayed on Tuesday as a result of the quake, and around 10,000 passengers were delayed, but train schedules returned to normal as of Wednesday.

Airline companies said that flights to and from the regions hit by the quake would not affect flight scheduling. The weather agency said the quake might cause landslides and warned that houses could possibly collapse.(UNI)