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15 injured after quake strikes off NE Japan

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-06-19 09:00
Scattered goods caused by an earthquake are seen at a supermarket in Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture, Japan June 19, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake striking Japan's northeastern region late Tuesday left at least 15 people injured with thousands forced to take shelter at evacuation centers, officials said Wednesday.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, of those injured, nine were in the hardest-hit region of Yamagata, four were in Niigata, one in Miyagi and another in Ishikawa prefecture.

The quake struck at 10:22 pm local time at a depth of 14 km.

Its epicenter was located off Yamagata and the quake caused a tsunami warning to be issued which was lifted hours later, the Japan Meteorological Agency said (JMA).

The temblor registered upper 6 on Japan's seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in Murakami in Niigata.

Residents who evacuated from their homes after an earthquake are seen at a gymnasium acting as a makeshift evacuation center, in Murakami, Niigata prefecture, Japan June 19, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. [Photo/Agencies]

Thousands of people in the city and surrounding regions had to take shelter at temporary evacuation centers, local officials said.

Railway operators said that Shinkansen bullet train operations were delayed 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.

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