26 injured in quake

AFTER THE QUAKE: Residents clean up tiles Wednesday that fell off roofs due to an earthquake in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Japan News-Yomiuri Shimbun

An earthquake measuring up to upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 struck off Yamagata Prefecture on Tuesday night.

A total of 26 people had been reported injured in Yamagata, Niigata, Miyagi and Ishikawa prefectures as of 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Damage to houses was also confirmed as the effects of the quake came to light.

Heavy rain started in some areas. A notice to prepare for evacuation due to the risk of landslides was issued Wednesday to 216 households in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture, where the quake registered an upper 6 and a heavy rain warning was issued.

The National Police Agency had not received any reports of fatalities. The disaster agency said a person in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, was seriously injured, while 10 people in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, suffered minor injuries.

According to a tally by The Yomiuri Shimbun, more than 7,200 residents evacuated in the three prefectures of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa where a tsunami warning was announced.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the depth of the earthquake's focus off Yamagata Prefecture was about 14 kilometers. Its magnitude was estimated at 6.7.

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