A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck the Noto region of the Sea of Japan on Monday. The death toll from the earthquake has risen to 30. Earthquake was felt 155 times in one day. Many houses were destroyed in the earthquake. It is feared that many people are trapped under the rubble of destroyed houses. So the death toll may increase.
The news agency Reuters reported that a tsunami of 1.2 meters high hit the city of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture immediately after the earthquake on Monday. Many buildings collapsed and roads cracked.
“Our new year started with a terrible disaster,” 73-year-old Sugumasa Mihara, a coastal resident, told AFP. The shaking of the earthquake was intense.
Japanese police initially reported the death toll at six. However, Kyodo News Agency reported that 30 people have been reported killed so far, including seven at the port of Wajima.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held an emergency meeting immediately after the earthquake. After the meeting, he said, numerous casualties have occurred. Thousands of houses have been destroyed. Our army rescue team has already started the rescue operation. However, as many roads have been damaged, the rescue team of the army has to speed up to reach the accident site.
According to the AFP report, after the earthquake and tsunami, about 45,000 households in the coastal areas were left without electricity. The affected people are having a hard time in severe winter.
According to a BBC report, thousands of people gathered on the beach to spend the night at the beginning of the New Year yesterday. They were ordered to evacuate to higher ground when the earthquake struck later and a tsunami warning was issued.
However, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said the tsunami warning had already been withdrawn by the Japan Meteorological Agency.