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January 1, 2024 Japan earthquake

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Passengers make a line in front of a ticket counter at JR Kanazawa station in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, on January 2, as some train services were cancelled following the earthquake.
Passengers make a line in front of a ticket counter at JR Kanazawa station in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, on January 2, as some train services were cancelled following the earthquake. Kyodo News/AP

Four bullet trains, whose high-speed journeys were halted when a powerful earthquake struck Japan on Monday, have now resumed service to their destinations, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. 

The high-speed trains had been stranded between the central Japanese cities of Toyama and Kanazawa following the 7.5 magnitude tremor.

After being stationary for more than 11 hours, two trains arrived at the Toyama station at 4 a.m. local time on Tuesday (2 p.m. ET on Monday), officials said. Another two trains traveling in the opposite direction arrived at the Kanazawa station in Ishiwaka prefecture.

Nearly 1,400 passengers had been stranded inside the high-speed trains, NHK said, citing Japan Railways West. 

The broadcaster said there were no reports of anyone on the trains becoming ill during the wait.

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