Monday, March 14, 2011

Aftershock causes transport disruptions in Tokyo

A magnitude-6.2 aftershock Monday in Japan caused widespread transportation disruptions in Tokyo on the first day that rail service had returned to normal there since last week's quake and tsunami.

Japan Rail, the country's largest rail operator, stopped traffic on all city lines except four, but service on those lines were also disrupted.

Only 10 per cent of the trains on the important east-east train line through Tokyo were running, Japanese TV reported.

Travellers crowded stations but waited patiently for a seat. Waiting lines often flowed down platforms, into corridors and into station concourses.

Train service to Tokyo's Narita airport was also suspended.

Many commuters in Tokyo were stranded Friday after a magnitude-9 quake struck off north-eastern Japan, causing a tsunami. Train service and highways were closed.

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