Japan Earthquake Nightmare: A 7.6-magnitude earthquake has rocked central Japan, unleashing large waves and causing widespread damage to buildings. The quake struck Noto province on Honshu island, triggering urgent calls for residents in coastal areas to seek higher ground.
The earthquake, which struck a little after 16:00 local time on Monday, has already resulted in dozens of collapsed buildings in various towns, trapping numerous individuals under the rubble. The full extent of the damage is yet to be determined.
The epicenter of the earthquake is the Noto Peninsula, where widespread damage has been observed. Emergency services face obstacles in reaching affected areas, and the city of Wajima, on the northern tip of Noto, is cut off from land routes.
Casualties from Japan’s Earthquake Nightmare
Thousands are spending the night in evacuation centers, with the Japanese military distributing essential supplies such as food, water, and blankets to those displaced.
The death toll has reached 48, with numerous casualties reported. Over 1,000 rescuers are tirelessly searching for individuals believed to be trapped beneath the debris. Rescue efforts are particularly challenging due to collapsed homes, fires, and extensive road damage.
Government Response and Global Assistance
The urgency to rescue survivors is emphasized by Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, who describes the situation as a “race against time.” Japan’s government has reported the evacuation of 57,360 people and is actively delivering tens of thousands of meals across the affected region.
A state of alert remains as aftershocks continue, prompting warnings of potential earthquakes with intensities of up to 7 in the coming week. These major tsunami warnings were later downgraded, and all tsunami advisories along the Sea of Japan were lifted today, indicating a decreased risk of further tsunamis in the region.
President Joe Biden has expressed the readiness of the United States to provide necessary assistance in the wake of this devastating earthquake.
As the nation grapples with the aftermath of this natural disaster, international support and collaborative efforts are crucial for the swift recovery of the affected communities. The affected residents are sharing their experiences of the prolonged quake that lasted several minutes.
In a separate incident from the earthquake, today at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a Japan Airlines flight caught fire after colliding with a coastguard aircraft that was on its way to offer the recent earthquake assistance.