Another section of the Tohoku Shinkansen line resumes service after the March earthquake

The operator of a Shinkansen bullet train line in northeast Japan has resumed service on another section after a major earthquake hit the area.

Some sections of the Tohoku Shinkansen line connecting Tokyo and northeastern Japan were damaged and a high-speed train derailed in the 7.4 magnitude earthquake on March 16.

Services had been suspended between Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture and Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture.

East Japan Railway Company, or JR East, resumed operations Monday between Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture and Ichinoseki after the section from Koriyama to Fukushima reopened on Saturday.

Commuters and tourists were seen boarding Shinkansen bullet trains at JR Sendai station on Monday.

A man says he appreciates the resumption of service as he can cut his journey time by about an hour by using a Shinkansen train.

JR East says around 60% of trains will be back in service for the time being on the newly reopened sections. Trains will run at a slower speed than usual to ensure safety.

Services between Fukushima and Sendai stations are still suspended. JR East aims to reopen this section around April 20.