Japan Earthquake Update: 30 People Killed, Rescue Troops Deployed

Japan Earthquake: New update is coming from japan , at least 30 people were killed result of powerful earthquake hit japan on a very first day (1 Jan 2024) of New Year.

Summary:

  • A 7.6 magnitude quake on January 1 claims the lives of at least 30 individuals.
  • Severe damage to roads and buildings along the west coast of Honshu island.
  • Thousands dispatched for assistance, facing challenges in reaching the hardest-hit zones.
  • Residents recount experiencing violent shaking and escaping from toppled homes.


Rescue teams are facing challenges reaching isolated areas where buildings collapsed, roads were destroyed, and tens of thousands of homes lost power.

The quake, measuring a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, hit on Monday afternoon, leading residents in coastal areas to flee to higher ground due to tsunami waves hitting Japan’s west coast. The waves even swept some cars and houses into the sea, adding to the severity of the situation. As rescue efforts continue, Japan grapples with the impact of this New Year disaster.

Japan Earthquake Update: 30 People Killed, Rescue Troops Deployed
An aerial view shows collapsed houses after the earthquake in Kanazawa

Thousands of army, firefighter, and police personnel from all over the country have hurried to the worst-hit area in the Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture.

However, rescue work is facing challenges due to badly damaged and blocked roads. Authorities are struggling to fully understand the extent of the fallout.

Many transportation services, like trains, ferries, and flights to the area, have been stopped. Noto airport had to close because of damage to its runway, terminal, and access roads. Public broadcaster NHK reports about 500 people stuck in their cars in the airport’s parking lot. Efforts are ongoing to provide aid and assistance in this challenging situation.

“The search and rescue mission for those affected by the quake is a race against time,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized during an emergency disaster meeting on Tuesday.

Kishida pointed out the significant challenges faced by rescuers in reaching the northern tip of the Noto peninsula due to damaged roads. Helicopter surveys revealed numerous fires and extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure.

In Ishikawa, authorities confirmed 30 deaths from the earthquake, with half of the fatalities occurring in the heavily impacted Wajima city near the quake’s epicenter.

How People Experienced

Nobuko Sugimori, a 74-year-old resident of Nanao city in Ishikawa, shared her experience, revealing that she had never encountered such a quake before.

“I tried to hold the TV set to prevent it from toppling over, but I couldn’t even keep myself from swaying violently from side to side,” there was a large crack down in my house in front wall with furniture scattered inside.

Just across the street, a car found itself crushed under a collapsed building, creating another close call for residents.

Fujiko Ueno, 73, recounted that nearly 20 people were in her house celebrating New Year when the quake struck. Miraculously, everyone emerged uninjured.

Data Credits: United States Geological Survey; Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, NASA; Natural Earth; WorldPop project, University of Southampton.

Condolence messages poured in from several world leaders, with President Joe Biden expressing the readiness of the United States to offer any necessary assistance to Japan. In a statement, he conveyed, “Our thoughts are with the Japanese people during this difficult time.”

Responding to the seismic event, the Japanese government directed approximately 100,000 individuals to evacuate their homes on Monday night, relocating them to sports halls and school gymnasiums commonly used as emergency evacuation centers.

While many were able to return home on Tuesday as tsunami warnings were lifted, about 33,000 households in Ishikawa prefecture remained without power early that morning, enduring freezing temperatures overnight, as reported by Hokuriku Electric Power’s website. NHK noted that most areas in the northern Noto peninsula also lacked a water supply.

In response to the disaster, the Imperial Household Agency announced the cancellation of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako’s scheduled New Year appearance on Tuesday. Prime Minister Kishida also postponed his planned New Year visit to Ise Shrine, originally scheduled for Thursday.

What Happened To Nuclear Plants

The earthquake comes at a delicate moment for Japan’s nuclear industry, grappling with opposition since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, devastating entire towns.

Last week, Japan lifted an operational ban on the world’s largest nuclear plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, which had been offline since the 2011 tsunami.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority reported no irregularities at nuclear plants along the Sea of Japan, including the five active reactors at Kansai Electric Power’s Ohi and Takahama plants in Fukui Prefecture.

Hokuriku Electric’s Shika plant, closest to the epicenter, has been inactive since 2011. The company reported power outages and oil leaks after Monday’s quake but assured there was no radiation leakage. Plans for restarting the reactor are set for 2026.


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