A terrible earthquake struck Ishikawa district on the main island of Honshu, causing waves over one meter high. Many buildings were razed and roads were torn up. A fire broke out accidentally in a major port.
The extent of damage in the Noto Peninsula is extreme. The buildings here are still collapsing. Houses are razed to the ground. Many of the fishing boats on the beach have sunk and some have washed away.
Police said six people died in the earthquake. But Kyodo news agency reported that 24 people were killed. Seven people lost their lives in the port of Wajima.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: “A very severe level of damage has been reported. There have been many loss of life, building collapse and fire disasters. We will have to race against time to search and rescue victims of this disaster.”
Roads and railways were destroyed
About 45 thousand houses are in darkness without electricity connection. Along with this, the cold weather on Monday night has made people even more miserable. There is water shortage in many cities. Vehicular traffic is impassable due to cracks in major highways. Thus, the army and defense forces are hindered from reaching the places where emergency services are needed.
Thousands of military personnel are deployed on the Noto Peninsula. Air traffic has been stopped here due to a crack in the runway. Many trains and flights have been cancelled.
Four expressways, two high speed rail services, 34 local rail lines and 16 freight lines have been suspended. So far 38 flights have been cancelled.
Tens of thousands of people have been advised to move to safer places. About 1,000 people have taken refuge in an army base. More than 97,000 people have been advised to evacuate from 9 districts on the west coast of Honshu Island. These people have spent the night in sports halls and school gymnasiums.