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7-point earthquake struck Japan

There were at least 26 injured people

/NOVOSTIVL/ 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. This article appeared in the Kyodo News Agency.

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.

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.

The earthquake occurred around 10:22 p.m. at a depth of about 14 kilometers, with its epicenter located off Yamagata, according to the meteorological agency. A tsunami warning was issued but lifted hours later.

The quake registered upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Murakami in Niigata, forcing thousands in the city and its neighboring municipalities to take shelter temporarily at evacuation centers.

A 10-centimeter tsunami was observed in the city of Niigata with smaller ones in other locations including Sakata and Wajima.

At the school's gymnasium, about 200 people including elderly people and young children took shelter.Some people rushed to higher ground from train carriages after a tsunami warning was issued.

Multiple landslides occurred in Tsuruoka, according to the Yamagata prefectural government. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is gathering information to assess the severity.

Some vehicles were trapped in mud as the temblor caused soil liquefaction in parts of Tsuruoka, and the roof over a sumo ring at an elementary school in the city collapsed, according to the local governments.

Over 9,200 houses in Niigata and Yamagata prefectures were hit by power outages but electricity services were restored by 6:44 a.m., according to Tohoku Electric Power Co. East Japan Railway Co. said the quake caused some delays to its bullet train services Tuesday, affecting around 10,000 people. It began Wednesday's services normally.

Airlines said the earthquake will not affect flights to and from the affected region Wednesday.

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