Water outages affected more than three dozen households in Suzu, officials said Saturday, adding that the city had provided temporary public supplies after running water had turned brown in parts of the region.
The quake registered an upper six on the Japanese Shindo seismic scale, which goes up to a maximum of seven.
Earthquakes are common in Japan, which sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
The country has strict construction regulations intended to ensure buildings can withstand strong quakes and routinely holds emergency drills to prepare for a major jolt.
A 6.9 magnitude quake struck a fishing village in the same region in 2007, injuring hundreds and damaging more than 200 buildings on the Noto peninsula – a scenic area on the Sea of Japan coast.
“I express my heartfelt condolences to the person who died and offer my sympathies to those who were hit by the disaster,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who had returned from a tour to four African nations and Singapore, said Friday.
“The government will continue taking measures with a sense of urgency while closely communicating with (officials) at the scene,” Kishida told reporters.
Japan is haunted by the memory of a massive 9.0 magnitude undersea quake off its northeast in March 2011, which triggered a tsunami that left around 18,500 people dead or missing.