- At least 48 people dead and thousands of buildings, vehicles and boats damaged in western Japan
- Officials warned people in some areas to stay away from their homes due to risk of more strong quakes
- Japanese government has mobilized Self-Defense Forces to assist in rescue operations and provide relief to those affected
On Monday, a series of powerful earthquakes hit western Japan, leaving at least 48 people dead and damaging thousands of buildings, vehicles and boats. The magnitude 7.6 temblor struck the Ishikawa prefecture and nearby areas in the afternoon, with aftershocks continuing to shake the area on Tuesday.
The casualties were concentrated in the cities of Wajima and Suzu, according to Japan’s state broadcaster NHK and other media outlets. At least fourteen people were said to be seriously injured, while thousands of buildings, vehicles and boats were damaged.
In response to the disaster, officials warned people in some areas to stay away from their homes due to the risk of more strong quakes. Photos of the aftermath showed a car trapped at a partially collapsed road near Anamizu Town, Ishikawa Prefecture.
The Japanese government has mobilized the Self-Defense Forces to assist in rescue operations and provide relief to those affected by the earthquakes. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has also pledged to provide support to the affected areas.
The cause of the earthquakes is still being investigated, and authorities are urging people to remain vigilant and follow safety instructions.