Tag - earthquakes



Suzu General Hospital suffered a significant loss in the last fiscal year due to a decline in the number of patients.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 9, 2024
Public hospitals in quake-hit Okunoto area bleed red ink
The area in Ishikawa Prefecture was hit especially hard by the 7.6 magnitude quake that shook the peninsula on Jan. 1.
Hisashi Takazawa, the fifth-generation owner of Takazawa Candle, has put up messages of support from crowdfunding backers on the window of the temporary shop for his business in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Noto Peninsula earthquake caused the roof of its original storefront to collapse.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 8, 2024
Crowdfunding boosts post-quake rebuilding efforts in Noto
Some 330 projects related to the Noto Peninsula earthquake had been launched on three platforms by the end of May, raising a total of around ¥1.39 billion ($8.7 million).
Takashi Miyashita, head of a clinic in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, examines a patient in a temporary medical container on June 26 as he resumes operations for the first time since the Jan. 1 earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 5, 2024
Ishikawa doctor 'not going anywhere' six months after Noto quake
Deeply touched by patient's pleas to stay post-quake, the doctor vowed to remain and rebuild his practice for the sake of the local community.
Demolition work underway in areas around the Asaichi-dori morning market in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday
Jul 2, 2024
Only 4% of publicly funded demolitions in Ishikawa complete
Requests have been filed for over 20,000 residential buildings damaged by the Jan. 1 quake.
A makeshift squat-style toilet is still used at an evacuation center in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, six months after the Noto Peninsula earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 2, 2024
Six months on from Noto quake, shelter toilets are still squat-style
Reports of health deterioration among evacuees, many of whom are elderly, due to the discomfort of having to use such toilets have emerged.
The Asaichi-dori morning market area in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on July 1
JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2024
Six months later, Noto earthquake victims mourned
The death toll of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake, including those who died due to causes indirectly related to the disaster, has reached 281.
Masayoshi Tani on June 12 visits his house in the Fukami district of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, which was destroyed and isolated by the Jan. 1 earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2024
Temporary housing brings relief to Noto quake survivors, but fears remain
The uncertainty of whether they can return to their original homes and rebuild takes a toll on survivors, many of whom who are elderly and living on pensions.
Temporary housing in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, following the New Year's Day earthquake
Jun 30, 2024
Noto area still struggling with aftermath of New Year's quake
Immediate concerns have been remedied, but the removal of destroyed homes has barely progressed, while a population outflow has surged.
Cardboard beds at an evacuation shelter in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 31
JAPAN / Society
Jun 28, 2024
Japan calls for beds to be set up as soon as evacuation centers open
Some evacuation centers did not use temporary beds following the Noto Peninsula earthquake due to difficulties changing the facility layouts.
The skeleton remains of a town building of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, are set to be preserved as a relic of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region.
Jun 24, 2024
Mayor decides to preserve tsunami-wrecked town building
The building will be preserved as a disaster relic when its management returns to the town from the Miyagi prefectural government on July 1.
Demolition work is conducted on June 11 near a morning market in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, which burned down in a fire following an earthquake on Jan. 1.
Jun 19, 2024
Noto quake death likely to exceed that of Kumamoto temblor
If a number of post-disaster deaths are recognized, the toll will climb to 282.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a meeting on the restoration of quake-hit areas on the Noto Peninsula, held at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.
Jun 10, 2024
Government team calls for preparations for smooth disaster relief
A report from the team has requested cooperation with the private sector to smooth the way for transportation of relief goods.
Takashi Tonegawa, a senior researcher at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Jun 7, 2024
Japanese agency observes tsunami with submarine optical cable
The cable extends some 100 kilometers southward from an area near Cape Muroto in Kochi Prefecture.
Digital transformation minister Taro Kono says the government plans to use My Number ID cards to track the evacuation status of disaster victims.
Jun 4, 2024
Japan to utilize My Number cards at evacuation centers
"We want to facilitate the response of local governments and residents in the event of a disaster," digital transformation minister Taro Kono said.
Support staff dispatched by power firms work to restore electrical equipment in an area hit by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Jun 4, 2024
Major Japan power firms boost cooperation on disaster response
The electric power sector has established a framework to streamline the dispatch of support personnel and facilitate mutual aid to cover restoration expenses.
Satoshi Harada, an official at the Meteorological Agency, speaks at a news conference on Monday morning in Tokyo. The agency asked people in the area to remain vigilant for quakes of a similar level for a week.
Jun 3, 2024
Strong quake shakes Japan's hard-hit Noto Peninsula area
The magnitude 6 earthquake hit the peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture Monday, just over five months after a powerful temblor rocked the area.
An earthquake-damaged area in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in May 2023. The Noto Peninsula has been experiencing an ongoing “seismic swarm” since late 2020.
Jun 3, 2024
How rain and snow play a role in Noto’s ‘seismic swarm’
The seismic activity in the region is synchronized with changes in underground pressure, which is influenced by seasonal patterns of precipitation.
Shinsaku Otomo (center) became the 1 millionth visitor to the Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum on Sunday.
Jun 3, 2024
Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum reaches 1 million visitors
Opened in September 2019, the museum features 150 items, including a tsunami-hit fire truck and panels on disaster response and evacuation lessons.
Many buildings in the shopping district of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, remain damaged five months after the area was hit by a powerful earthquake on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 2, 2024
Over 100 businesses closed in municipalities hit by Noto quake
Many business owners are shutting down because reconstruction is slow, people are leaving the area and they have no one to take over in the future.
Hiroaki Okano, a resident in the town of Uchinada, Ishikawa Prefecture, explains how his home shifted sideways by about a meter as a result of the 7.6-magnitude quake that hit Ishikawa Prefecture on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 2, 2024
Liquefaction-hit Ishikawa town's future unclear, five months after quake
Around 3,500 cases of liquefaction damage from the 7.6 magnitude quake that struck the Noto Peninsula on Jan. 1 have been confirmed.


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