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Saturday, September 23, 2023

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Japan

One killed, 22 injured after magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts Ishikawa

On Friday evening, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock, which measured a strong 5 on the Japanese scale, also hit the area. The initial jolt was the largest among a series of quakes that have been hitting the Noto area since December 2020.

Local police in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture — near the initial quake’s epicenter — were responding to reports of injuries and collapsed buildings, NHK reported. One man who fell off a ladder was confirmed to have been killed, while the fire department in Suzu said that three houses had collapsed and that two people who had been trapped in two of the structures had been rescued, the broadcaster said.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings reported no damage at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture, while Hokuriku Electric Power reported no problems at the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture.

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