Tokyo: Aftershocks shook Japan after a day of their strength Earthquake It killed at least one person, as officials estimated damage from the tremor, which destroyed several buildings on Saturday.
Its magnitude is 6.5 degrees earthquake It hit the central Ishikawa region at noon on Friday at a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
About 55 aftershocks, some strong, had occurred by Saturday morning, the agency said, as it warned that heavy rains could trigger landslides in the area.
Japan’s disaster management agency said on Saturday that at least 23 people were injured.
“Our staff are inspecting the damage caused by the quake,” an official from Suzu in Ishikawa prefecture, the worst-affected city, told AFP.
He said that two people trapped inside the destroyed buildings were rescued, and about 50 people were taken to evacuation centers set up in schools and the town hall.
Television footage showed a grocery store littered with broken wine bottles and other products that had fallen off shelves.
Some residents were seen removing rubble in the rain after their wooden houses were partially destroyed.
“I asked a carpenter to temporarily fix the house, and the house is now covered with blue cloth to protect it from rainwater,” a man told public broadcaster NHK.
The earthquake registered a high six on the Japanese Shindo seismic scale, which has a maximum of seven.
Earthquakes are common in Japan, which sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches across Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.
The country has strict building regulations aimed at ensuring buildings can withstand strong earthquakes and routinely conducts emergency drills to prepare for a major shock.
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck a fishing village in the same area in 2007, injuring hundreds and damaging more than 200 buildings on the Noto Peninsula – a scenic area on the Sea of ​​Japan coast.
“I express my heartfelt condolences to the person who passed away and extend my deepest condolences to those affected by the disaster,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who returned from a tour of four African countries and Singapore, said on Friday.
“The government will continue to take action urgently while communicating closely with (officials) at the scene,” Kishida told reporters.
Japan is haunted by the memory of the massive 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake off its northeast in March 2011, which triggered a tsunami that left some 18,500 dead or missing.


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