6 May 2023

High Alert Issued In Earthquake-Hit Japan's Ishikawa; More Aftershocks, Heavy Rains Likely

Tokyo: Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture was on high alert on Saturday for aftershocks and rain after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Friday. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned that after the initial tremor on Friday afternoon, there could be more aftershocks over a period of about a week. The earthquake was recorded above 6 on the Japanese Richter scale in the city of Suzu in the Noto Peninsula.

Friday's earthquake in Suzu killed a 65-year-old man and injured 22 others after falling from a ladder.

The JMA said that as of 8:00 a.m. local time, more than 50 earthquakes have been recorded in the region, including a 5.8-magnitude quake on Friday evening.

Landslide warnings due to heavy rains

The weather agency said the province could receive up to 30 mm of rain per hour from Saturday evening to early Sunday, while up to 120 mm of rain is expected in the Noto region in the 24 hours to 6 am Sunday. Landslide warnings have also been issued due to heavy rains.

Local authorities began assessing the damage caused by the earthquake after receiving reports of collapsing buildings.

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