1 feared dead after 6.5-magnitude quake jolts Japan’s Ishikawa

TOKYO – One person was feared dead and three buildings collapsed after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's central prefecture of Ishikawa and surrounding areas on Friday, local authorities reported.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, revised upward from a preliminary magnitude of 6.3, occurred at 2:42 pm local time (0542 GMT), at a depth of 10 km, registering an upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the city of Suzu, located at the tip of Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture.

Local firefighters in Suzu said that a man went into cardiac arrest after falling from a ladder, while three houses had collapsed in the city and two people were trapped in two of the structures. Other details were not immediately available.

The weather agency said there was no tsunami threat, but warned of changes in the sea levels of coastal areas and aftershocks.

The quake led to the suspension of some train lines, including the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Kanazawa stations, Japan Railway said. The shinkansen later resumed service.

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Hokuriku Electric Power Company reported no abnormalities at the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa prefecture, while Tokyo Electric Power Company reported no damage at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in the neighboring prefecture of Niigata.