Earthquake Strikes Japan, Interrupts Operations at Tokyo Disney

Edited: May 30, 2015, 9:34 AM

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan this evening (early morning Saturday US time), shaking much of the country and interrupting operations at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Twitter user @tdrexplorer recorded the quake while waiting in the queue for Journey to the Center of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea.

The quake stopped all attractions at the park and many restaurants and shops closed as well. About 90 minutes after the quake, park locations began reopening. However, the quake also interrupted JR train service, which led to massive backups at the Maihama station, as people looked to exit the resort.

According to the BBC, there are no reports of serious damage and no tsunami alert was issued. A 9.0 earthquake in 2011 stranded thousands of people in the parks as much of the country shut down in the immediate aftermath of that quake, which spawned a tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people.

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