Pope Francis has met the survivors of the 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan and spoken about the Fukushima nuclear accident that followed. He urged people to be aware of their responsibility to future generations.
The pope took part in a gathering in Tokyo on Monday of about 300 people affected by the earthquake. Three survivors addressed the crowd.
People in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido are marking one year since a powerful earthquake shook their island. And the area is still recovering. Forty-four people died and 785 were injured as a result of the quake.
On September 6 last year, the magnitude 6.7 quake struck the western part of Hokkaido early in the morning.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a magnitude-6.7 quake struck the northern part of the country late Tuesday night. No fatalities have been reported. Tsunami advisories issued along the Sea of Japan coast have been lifted.
Seismologists say the tremor hit off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture at 10:22 p.m. on Tuesday.
Railway officials say an express train and a local train on the Uetsu Main Line came to a halt following a massive earthquake on Tuesday night in northern Japan.
The East Japan Railway Company says the 53 passengers on the express train Inaho number 13 and a local train were temporarily evacuated to higher ground after a tsunami advisory was issued.
0The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry says there has been no damage at airports in northern Japan in the wake of an earthquake on Tuesday.
The ministry says inspections at airports in Yamagata, Akita, Niigata and Fukushima prefectures revealed no damage to runways, terminal buildings or other facilities.
A strong earthquake has hit western Japan. It registered an intensity of 6-minus on the Japanese seismic scale of zero to seven in Nagomimachi Town in Kumamoto Prefecture. There is no danger of tsunami.
Japan's Metrological Agency says the quake occurred at around 6:10 PM on Thursday. It had an estimated magnitude of 5.0.