In some areas of the country, communications services were cut off, railway lines were halted, and flights were cancelled.

The state-run NHK news service reported that preliminary data indicated that an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale occurred in north-central Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning. Waves up to 5 meters high are expected in some parts of Ishikawa Prefecture.

At least one building collapsed in the city of Suzu, according to a video clip published by NHK. The quake could be felt even in Tokyo, on the other side of the island nation. Reuters reports.

More than 36,000 homes remained without electricity in Ishikawa and Toyama Prefectures. The railway lines in Isikava were closed. Telecommunications companies reported outages in internet and phone service.

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Japan's ANA restored four flights that were already en route, and Japan Airlines canceled almost all flights to affected areas for the day.

According to the Japan Nuclear Authority, there were no malfunctions at any nuclear power plant near the Sea of ​​Japan.