Tokyo, June 18: An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck Japan's northwest coast around Niigata prefecture on Tuesday evening. However, no casualties or injuries were reported. The earthquake’s epicentre was at about six miles below the sea’s surface. Japanese authorities also issued tsunami advisory for Yamagata and Niigata Prefectures and the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture following the earthquake. Japan Earthquake: 5.6 Magnitude Hits Hokkaido Prefecture.
According to local reports, about 5,000 households were experiencing a power outage in Yamagata Prefecture. Meanwhile, 3,200 were without power in Niigata as of 11:00 pm local time. East Japan Railway Co. has also suspended the operation of the Joetsu and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Meanwhile, all seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata were off line. Earthquake in Japan: Quake of Magnitude 5.1 Hits Chiba Prefecture.
Earlier in April this year also, an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 on Richter scale hit Izu Islands in Japan region. Meanwhile, Last year October, the island country was also rocked by two earthquakes. On October 26, an Earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit Japan's Hokkaido.