2 Jan 2024

Japan earthquake: 30 die so far, 50 aftershocks; army deployed to rescue people buried under debris; buildings destroyed due to fire at many places

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck Ishikawa, Japan on New Year's Day. According to Japan Today, 30 people have died so far. So far 50 aftershocks have been recorded there. Their intensity has been between 3.4 to 4.6.

Tens of thousands of homes face power outages

Roads and buildings were damaged, transport and communication services have been disrupted, and officials warned of power outages for tens of thousands of homes. 32,500 homes in Ishikawa are without electricity.

Aftershocks have also been reported, with Japan’s weather agency warning they could continue for a few days.

Tsunami advisories lifted

The weather agency has lifted all tsunami advisories following the quake. Tsunami waves of up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) hit a number of areas along the country's western coast on Monday.

There are fires everywhere

Prime Minister Fumiya Kishida has said that the death toll in the earthquake could rise. Kishida said that there are fires everywhere, 100 buildings have been burnt to ashes. 

A large fire broke out in the central Japanese city of Wajima on Monday evening after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook the area, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported.

More than 100 shops and houses have burned down, NHK reported on Tuesday. 

The fire is still burning, according to the broadcaster. Wajima is a coastal city located in Ishikawa prefecture.

Army deployed to rescue people buried under debris

According to the Defense Minister of Japan, one thousand army soldiers have been deployed to rescue the people buried under the debris.

He said time is short and more lives have to be saved. People are facing problems in treatment due to lack of electricity in 19 hospitals. At the same time, another earthquake warning has been issued in Ishikawa area of Japan.

Japan's king canceled New Year's celebrations

On New Year, Japan's King Naruhito was to attend the New Year program in Tokyo with his family. However, the event was canceled out of sympathy for the Ishikawa earthquake victims.

In fact, every year the royal family of Japan comes to the balcony of the palace and wishes people a happy new year. This custom has been going on for years.

Indian Embassy creates emergency control room

The Indian Embassy has set up an emergency control room to help the earthquake victims. According to the information given on the social media platform 'X', any person can come here and ask for help. Earlier, the embassy had also released e-mail IDs and numbers. These are: +81-80-3930-1715, +81-70-1492-0049, +81-80-3214-4734, +81-80-6229-5382, +81-80-3214-4722.

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