No tsunami warning was given when a large, shallow earthquake struck central Japan on Friday afternoon, killing at least one person and wounding 13.
Ishikawa prefecture on the west coast of Honshu, the largest island in Japan, was hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake. said to the Geological Survey.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the 6.5-magnitude quake was located at a depth of roughly 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).
A city official in Suzu, located at the northernmost tip of the Noto Peninsula in the Ishikawa prefecture, reported one fatality and at least 13 injuries.
He said six homes were destroyed, and rain could cause mudslides and additional damage.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a person was found without vital signs after falling off a ladder, albeit he did not specify how the person died.
Two individuals were rescued from damaged buildings in the city, and it was reported that another person was hurt when a cabinet fell on them.
Public television station NHK aired footage of a slope that had collapsed and hit a house.
Additionally, it aired a reporter’s video of a room that was shaking for about 30 seconds and picture frames rattling on the walls while he was visiting his relatives in Ishikawa prefecture.
This week, Japan celebrates several national holidays.
The bullet train service between Tokyo and Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture was momentarily suspended for safety checks, according to East Japan Railway Co. Still; regular service has since resumed with some delays.
One of the countries most vulnerable to earthquakes is Japan.
A disastrous tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown were brought on by a large earthquake that hit the nation’s northeast in 2011.