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AssistAlert: 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan

AssistAlert: 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan


7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan


On the afternoon of January 1st, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture causing damage to surrounding buildings roadways, public transportation infrastructure, and communications and utilities assets. Sustained power outages and other such utility disruptions are expected in the coming days while recovery and restoration attempts are underway. 32,000 people in Ishikawa and Toyama Prefectures have already been evacuated and the collapse of several residences in Wajima and Suzu cities have been reported in the aftermath of the quake. Noto Airport has also sustained damages and is anticipated to remain closed until at least January 4th while repairs are made.


  • In the event of aftershocks, be prepared to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • If you are in a damaged building, evacuate immediately. Stay clear of any visibly compromised structures.
  • Remain vigilant of the threat of potential tsunamis and move as far away from coastal areas as possible.
  • Avoid contact with any potential floodwaters as they may be contaminated with chemicals, sewage, and debris.
  • Pay attention to local news sources for instructions and emergency information. Keep battery operated radio on hand if possible.

Members are encouraged to contact Assist America if travel assistance is required.



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