New Delhi: Japan issued a tsunami warning for Yamagata and Niigata Prefectures, and the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture after a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the northwest of the country.

The earthquake struck 53 miles northeast of the island of Honshu at 6:52 PM. Various reports claim that large waves have started crashing against the northern coast of the country.

No immediate casualties were reported from the quake which had its epicentre at a depth of about seven miles in Japan Sea.

If reports are to be believed, bullet train services were immediately stopped in the region as a precautionary measure.

The tsunami warning has been sent across the northern coast and residents have been asked to leave the region immediately. As per Japan’s meteorological agency, a wave of one metre (three feet) is likely to hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo.

More details awaited