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Tragedy Unfolds: 24 Confirmed Dead in Noto Earthquake, Additional Damage Reports Emergent

Tokyo, January 02, 2024, The Europe Today: The aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula and surrounding areas in central Japan on New Year’s Day has resulted in the confirmed death toll of at least 24 individuals. The magnitude-7.6 quake left a trail of extensive structural damage and fires in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Rescue operations faced challenges due to ongoing aftershocks and obstructed roads caused by rubble. Notably, seven fatalities occurred at Wajima Municipal Hospital.

Although tsunami warnings along the Sea of Japan were lifted on Tuesday morning, the aftermath revealed significant destruction, with footage showing a seven-story building toppled sideways and fires ravaging the central Wajima area.

Over 200 structures have succumbed to flames, but the risk of further spread is deemed minimal, as reported by Ishikawa prefectural officials. Rescue efforts are ongoing, with 14 individuals reported trapped under rubble in the city.