Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck near the coast of Japan, injuring more than 40 people and damaging rooftops southwest of Tokyo as a tropical storm is forecast to reach the area later today bringing heavy rain.
The earthquake hit 23 kilometers (14 miles) below the seabed 170 kilometers from Tokyo at 5:07 a.m. local time, shaking buildings in the capital, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its Web site.
Forty-three people were injured in areas near the epicenter, national broadcaster NHK Television said. NHK television showed images of damaged roofs in the town of Yaizu, 28 kilometers west of the epicenter.
The earthquake struck as Tropical Storm Etau approached the coast southwest of Tokyo, bringing more rain after at least 13 people died from flooding in areas west of the Japanese capital.
JMA issued warnings for possible landslides on Izu peninsula, east of the epicenter. Heavy rain warnings were issued for Shizuoka prefecture, also near the epicenter, Tokyo and other areas around the capital.
The quake occurred less than 15 minutes after a magnitude- 7.6 temblor hit the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, prompting a tsunami alert for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh. The alert was later canceled.
Near the epicenter of Japan’s quake, Yaizu experienced a reading of 6 on the Japanese scale of earthquake intensity, which runs from 1 to 7, JMA said. A tsunami wave with a height of 30 centimeters was recorded near Yaizu at 5:26 a.m., JMA said.
About 10 fire engines are trying to put out a fire at a liquid-crystal panel plant in Kakegawa City, Fuji Television reported, citing a local fire department.
Bullet train services connecting Tokyo and Osaka resumed at about 8:20 a.m. after they were closed to check for damage, Central Japan Railway Co., the nation’s largest operator, said in a statement on its Web site.
Part of the main highway connecting Tokyo and Nagoya was also shut and Fuji Television showed damage to the road. In Tokyo, the Chiyoda metro line stopped briefly.
Two nuclear reactors in Omaezaki City shut down automatically after the quake, Chubu Electric Power Co. spokesman Atsuo Sawaki said by telephone. The company is checking for damage, he said.
Japan, which experiences about one-fifth of the world’s earthquakes annually, lies in a zone where four tectonic plates meet and occasionally shift, sometimes producing earthquakes and tsunamis.
A magnitude-6.9 quake struck south of Tokyo two days ago, prompting buildings to sway in the capital.
The tropical storm’s center was 224 kilometers south of the quake epicenter at 7 a.m. today, JMA said. The storm’s winds strengthened to 83 kilometers per hour from 74 kph yesterday. Etau’s winds were gusting to 120 kph as it moved east-northeast at 30 kph.
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