The earthquake struck Honshu, the northern coastal area of Japan. The six were killed when a landslide generated by the quake buried three homes in Iwaki, the city’s fire department said.
Three people were rescued and hospitalized, and fire officials were working to rescue number of others believed to be trapped, the department said.
There were also reports of fire in Fukushima Atomic Power Plant. The reports also said that nuclear radiation could
The quake struck at about 8:08 a.m. Tuesday (7:08 p.m. Monday ET), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of about 13 kilometers (8 miles) and was centered about 77 miles east-southeast of Tokyo.
Earlier on Monday, Japan has issued a warning for 3-foot (1 meter) tsunami after a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.1 at Richter scale, with epicenter near crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, hit the country on Monday.
No loss of life and property were reported. Sources said rail service was suspended after the quake while some parts of the country were deprived of power supply.
People came out of buildings as they started shaking.
Thousand of people were killed when a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan on March eleven. Cooling system of Fukhushima nuclear power plant was also failed in the wake of quake.