Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes central Japan

Written by on May 5, 2023

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck central Japan today, forcing the suspension of bullet train services, but no tsunami warning was issued.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency the quake hit the central Ishikawa region at 2:42 pm at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles).

According to Japan Railway, Shinkansen bullet trains were suspended between Nagano and Kanazawa, a popular tourist destination.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage.

Friday is a public holiday in Japan, part of a run of days off known as “Golden Week”, a time when many people travel for leisure or to visit family.

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