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Train derails, dozens injured after earthquake jolts Tokyo

A driverless train derailed in Tokyo and a water pipe in a neighboring prefecture burst after a strong quake rocked the Japanese capital late on Thursday, October 7.

Local broadcaster aired aerial footage showing the Nippori-Toneri Liner train, which is operated by an automated guideway transit system, partially derailed after making an emergency stop in the north of Tokyo. The line remained suspended on Friday morning.

In Chiba prefecture, water was leaking out of a damaged pipe on an aqueduct bridge and pouring down to a river under the bridge.

A Nippori-Toneri Liner train derailed (above) on October 8, after an earthquake jolted the Tokyo region.
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Photo taken Oct. 8, 2021, from a Kyodo News helicopter shows commuters forming a long line in front of JR Kawaguchi Station in Kawaguchi in Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, on the morning after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolted the Tokyo region and disrupted train services.
Commuters form a line in front of JR Kawaguchi Station in Kawaguchi, Japan, the morning after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolted the Tokyo region and disrupted train services.
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The quake struck at 10:41 p.m., centered just east of Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency revised down the magnitude to 5.9 from an initial 6.1.

Several dozen people were injured, mainly by falls or being struck by falling objects. Most of the injuries were minor.

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