A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 shook the center of Japanleaving at least one dead and 21 injuredaccording to local authorities.
The telluric movement that caused several houses to collapse occurred in the region of ishikawa at 14:42 (05:42 GMT) at a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The meteorological authorities warned the inhabitants of possible aftershocks and landslides in the next few days, but they stated that there was no risk of tsunami.
government spokesman, Hirokazu Matsunodeclared to the press in Tokyo that he had been informed of the death of a person and of “multiple buildings collapsed”.
The victim fell from a ladder, he told the AFP a crisis management official, adding that another 21 people had been injured. The local fire and disaster management agency stated that at least three buildings collapsed and two people were trapped inside.
One of them had been pulled from the rubble and sent to the hospital, and rescue teams were looking for the second.
Images of the national chain nhk show Destroyed or tilted traditional Japanese wooden houses, with broken windows and damaged roofs. In aerial shots, the side of a collapsed mountain can be seen. Friday is a public holiday in Japan and many people travel for leisure or to visit family.
High-speed trains between Nagano and Kanazawa were discontinued, a popular tourist site, according to the railway company, Japan Railway. The earthquake reached level 6 on the Japanese Shindo scale, which reaches up to 7, in the city of Suzu, in Ishikawa, which means that it could cause significant landslides. earthquakes are common in Japanwhich is located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an area of great seismic activity.
However, the Asian country has strict construction regulations to ensure that buildings can withstand strong earthquakes and regularly conducts emergency drills.
(With information from AFP)
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