Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to have not yet received information on injured or dead Indonesian citizens (WNI) due to the earthquake that rattled Japan on Monday, January 1.

"Until now, local authorities have not submitted official data on the victims. The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo and the Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka will continue to coordinate with local authorities and the Indonesian community to anticipate various possibilities," the ministry's Director of Protection for Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities, Judha Nugraha, confirmed in a written statement received here on Tuesday.

According to Nugraha, the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo and the Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka were able to establish communication with representatives of Indonesian society in the affected areas, including in Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, and Niigata.

Nugraha remarked that the impact felt by Indonesian citizens varied, depending on their location.

"There are Indonesian citizens who have fled either to locations provided by local authorities or to relatives' residences in safe areas," he remarked.

Meanwhile, around 50 Indonesian tourists were reported to be stuck at Gala Yuzawa Station, Niigata, as the Shinkansen had stopped operating.

"However, they can continue their journey, and the Shinkansen has resumed operation," he remarked.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked the Sea of Japan coast on Monday, killing at least four people and triggering tsunami warnings and fires in central Ishikawa Prefecture. The tsunami warning has not yet been lifted.

About 30 people were reported injured by the earthquake in Ishikawa and other prefectures. According to the Ishikawa government, electricity connection was lost in around 32 thousand homes.

The earthquake was also felt from Hokkaido in northern Japan to Kyushu in the southwest of the country. Tsunami alerts and warnings were issued for prefectures on the Sea of Japan side.

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