Kyushu quake affects traffic
A massive earthquake that struck southwestern Japan on Thursday night has disrupted public traffic systems.
Kyushu Railway Company, or JR Kyushu, has halted the operation of the Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train services due to aftershocks that followed the magnitude 6.5 temblor. An out-of-service train derailed in the quake.
The Sanyo Shinkansen line, which runs through the western part of the mainland, Honshu, to Kyushu, is operating as usual. It connects to the Kyushu Shinkansen at Hakata Station in northern Kyushu. Services beyond Hakata have been suspended.
Highway traffic has also been disrupted. The Japan Road Traffic Information Center says some sections of the Kyushu Expressway and the Minami Kyushu Expressway have been closed.
Four flights to and from Kumamoto airport have been cancelled. Two other flights are expected to be delayed.
The transport ministry says no abnormalities were found on the airport's runway and there was little damage to the terminal building, allowing for normal operations of passenger aircraft.
But it says some flights are cancelled and delayed for logistical reasons.