The magnitude 6. A number of smaller shocks, including one that registered a magnitude of 5. Around people were injured and least 30 were reported missing, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The quake cut power to all of the nearly three million homes in the province and caused a nuclear power plant to revert to emergency backup power.
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A magnitude 6. EDT, 30 miles southwest of Sakata and more than 6 miles below the surface. Sakata is about miles north of Tokyo. Officials in Murakami, a city of 60, people in Niigata Prefecture, told Japan's Kyodo news service the quake rumbled for about a minute. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said several minor injuries were reported in Niigata and Yamagata, but no serious ones. He urged residents to be prepared for possible aftershocks. City officials were moving coastal residents to higher ground as a precaution, Tsuruoka city crisis management official Takehiko Takahashi said.
In Hokkaido on Thursday, rescue workers were struggling to get to the homes crushed by a mudslide in the towns of Atsuma and Abira after the quake, which struck just after 3 a. About people were injured. According to NHK, the public broadcaster, about 1, people were evacuated from their homes. A nuclear plant in Tomari lost its main power supply, but a backup generator was cooling its spent fuel pools.
On March 11, , a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a savage tsunami. The effects of the great earthquake were felt around the world, from Norway's fjords to Antarctica's ice sheet. Tsunami debris has continued to wash up on North American beaches years later. In Japan, residents are still recovering from the disaster.