Magnitude 6.6 earthquake damages Nagano surroundings

JR station in Nagano - Panoramio picture from HK Qwerty - http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8027826

UPDATE
From the Niigata prefecture, the following is the latest  damage from headquarters of the Niigata Prefecture Govt. (as of 14th March 2011)
No deaths reported as a result of this quake.
1 heavy injury sustained in Joetsu city.
The following cities had minor injuries (31) sustained:
2 minor injuries = Kashiwazaki
9 minor injuries = Tokamachi (3 houses collapsed, 10 partially destroyed, 25 partially damaged)
1 minor injury also in Joetsu City (1 partially destroyed house, 115 partially damaged)
2 minor injuries = Minamiuonuma
17 minor injuries = Tsunan City. (1 collapsed house, 1 partially destroyed, 7 partially damaged)

UPDATE
JMA Seismic Intensity
6+ Sakae-mura
6- Tokamachi-shi and Tsunan-machi
5+ Nakanojo-machi, Joetsu-shi
5- Nagaoka-shi, Kashiwazaki-shi, Izumozaki-machi, Yuzawa-machi, Kariwa-mura
Minami-uonuma-shi, Nozawa-onsen-mura

UPDATE
Utilities Information (as of 3:00p.m. on March 14th)
Electricity: Restored as of 3:00p.m. on Saturday, March 12th
Gas: No damage
Water: Reported separately

UPDATE
Bus and Express bus
Within Niigata Prefecture: Normal operation
Outside Niigata:
Niigata-Koriyama, Gunma: All buses are canceled.
Niigata-Tokyo: Normal operation
Niigata-Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima: Increased service
Niigata-Yamagata: Increased service
Niigata- Sendai: Increased service

UPDATE
Expressways
Banetsu Expressway (Tsugawa IC to Iwaki JCT): Closed to all traffic (designated as an
emergency route)

UPDATE
JR Trains y Joetsu Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Service (Niigata - Tokyo)
Partially canceled due to the rolling blackout schedule coordinated by the Tokyo Electric Power
Company
To Tokyo: 7 trains from Niigata are canceled.
To Niigata: 9 trains from Tokyo are canceled.
y JR Local trains: Trains are temporarily suspended on the following lines.
Banetsusaisen line (Tsugawa, Niigata “ Katakata, Fukushima)
Yonesaka line
Tadami line
Iiyama line (Togari-nozawa-onsen, Nagano “ Echigo-kawaguchi, Niigata)
Joetsu line (Minakami, Gunma “ Echigo-nakasato, Niigata)
due to the rolling blackout schedule coordinated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company

UPDATE
According to PAGER, this earthquake caused between $100-1000 million damage, and was likely to kill between 1-10 people.

UPDATE
We must ask ourselves what transfer of stress has taken place from the 9.0 Sendai earthquake a few hours earlier. The sure answer is that no model out there can exactly calculate this.

Original article
This earthquake was near the 1998 Winter Olympics host city of Nagano, and was only 46km away. It came hours after the major Sendai earthquake.
2,055 people of 804 households were instructed to evacuate because electricity will be cut off due to repair work on high-voltage cables. Also, mudslides may have dammed a river in the village.
Some 300 people of about 130 households in the village were briefly isolated after an avalanche blocked a key road.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 6.6 (JMA) 6.3 (USGS)
UTC time : Friday, March 11, 2011 at 18:59:15 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 03:59:15 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Quake-maps.com satellite map + I Did Feel It form
Geo-location(s) :
46 km (28 miles) NNE of Nagano, Honshu, Japan
96 km (59 miles) NNE of Matsumoto, Honshu, Japan
195 km (121 miles) NW of TOKYO, Japan

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the epicenter area
3-dimensional view of the earthquake area (USGS epicenter location)
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS impact on population map
USGS Seismic hazard map

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