Work has begun on a derailed shinkansen bullet train in northeast Japan to get it back on track. The train was derailed when a powerful earthquake with an intensity of more than 6 on the Japanese scale of zero to 7 hit the area on Wednesday. He was traveling in Miyagi Prefecture.
On Sunday, workers began lifting the front car of the train in an attempt to reposition it on the tracks.
Tohoku Shinkansen line operator East Japan Railway Company, or JR East, says the work will likely take several days. He says he will continue to assess the extent of damage to the rail system along the line during the works.
The earthquake derailed 16 of the train’s 17 cars.
The operator had found bent rails, broken overhead power lines and extensive damage to elevated track structures and utility poles. He says such damage is unprecedented and beyond what they had anticipated.
It suspended operations between Nasushiobara Station in Tochigi Prefecture and Morioka Station in Iwate Prefecture due to the damage.
He says he plans to resume operations section by section, as it seems difficult to resume operations for the entire line by the end of this month.