inety members of the orchestra were in their tour bus traveling from Tokyo to Yokohama when, crossing a bridge, the earthquake rocked the east side of the country. All of the members are said to be safe.
The tremor, which came at 2:46 pm local time, is described as the biggest earthquake to ever hit Japan.
Philharmonic tour manager Fiona McIntosh told BBC News that they had arrived at the Yokohama concert hall safely but the evening's concert was canceled. The Manchester-based orchestra is on a tour of Japan where it was scheduled to perform 10 concerts in 17 days.
Other reports from touring artists continue to emerge.