Putting human lives as priority, we are making every effort to assess damages – putting forth all efforts in disaster response.Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, following the strong earthquake that hit Japan on New Years Day.
What to Know: A series of earthquakes hit western Japan on Monday, igniting tsunami warnings (now downgraded to advisories) and evacuation orders for many areas. At least 48 people have died.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake reached a magnitude of 7.6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, starting a fire, collapsing many buildings, and knocking out electricity. Authorities warn that waves may still reach heights up to 10 feet.
Also Worth Noting: On Tuesday, a Japanese Coast Guard aircraft, headed to Niigata with relief goods for earthquake victims, collided with a passenger plane on the airport runway. All passenger plane passengers survived but five people on the Coast Guard aircraft died.
Japan Issues Tsunami Warnings After Powerful Earthquake (The New York Times)
by Sarah Pinkerton,