• Kyodo, AFP-Jiji, Reuters


A powerful overnight earthquake that rattled northeastern Japan has killed at least three people and injured more than 160, while causing extensive damage to transportation networks that could take weeks to recover, authorities said Thursday.

The magnitude 7.4 quake, which struck shortly before midnight on Wednesday and revived memories of the March 11, 2011, disaster, caused the derailment of a shinkansen bullet train and closed at least one major highway to the region for safety checks.

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