An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, trapping at least five people when their homes collapsed, public broadcaster NHK said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 180 km (110 miles) away.

NHK said that at least five people were trapped in houses that collapsed in the village of Hakuba, a ski resort in Nagano prefecture, but one had been rescued and efforts were being made to reach the others. There were also reports that at least 10 other people were injured.

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