Two people lost their lives and 92 others were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 hit northeastern Japan late on Wednesday night, police and fire authorities confirmed today.
As of Thursday morning, a total of 92 people were reported injured in seven prefectures including Miyagi and Fukushima.
Strong quakes were felt in the country’s northeastern and eastern areas, especially in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures where the quake was logged six upper on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at seven.
The trembles occurred at around 11:36 p.m. local time Wednesday with a north latitude of 37.7 and an east longitude of 141.7 and at a depth of 60 km.
A tsunami warning of up to 1 meter has been issued to coastal areas in the Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, with residents urged to stay away from the coast.
The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train service was suspended Thursday morning after the earthquake derailed a bullet train.
The East Nippon Expressway Company temporarily closed several sections of expressways, including the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and Joban Expressway in Soma, Fukushima.