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Japan Quake Toll Rises To 62, Rescue Ops On War Footing

| Updated: January 3, 2024 14:15

Shinkansen bullet trains and highways resumed operations in Japan over 24 hours after the devastating earthquake hit the island country on January 1.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the 7.5 magnitude quake reached 62 on Wednesday even as mammoth search operation for the trapped is still on.

Authorities have also warned of landslides and heavy rain in Ishikawa prefecture on the main island of Honshu, the epicentre of the earthquake that had triggered tsunami waves more than a metre high, sparked a major fire and tore apart roads.

The Noto Peninsula of the prefecture was most severely hit, with several hundred buildings ravaged by fire and houses flattened.

The death toll is expected to climb as rescuers battle aftershocks and poor weather to comb through rubble.

More than 31,800 people are in shelters. Nearly 34,000 households were still without power in Ishikawa.

Many cities are without running water.

At least 210 aftershocks have followed the main quake in the last 48 hours.
Japan experiences hundreds of earthquakes every year and the vast majority cause no damage.

The number of earthquakes in the Noto Peninsula region has been steadily increasing since 2018, a Japanese government report said last year.

The country is haunted by a massive 9.0 magnitude undersea quake off northeastern Japan in 2011 which triggered a tsunami that left around 18,500 people dead or missing.

It also swamped the Fukushima atomic plant, causing one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.

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