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Devastating 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan, 13 Lives Lost

In a grim turn of events, a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake, striking off Japan’s Noto Peninsula on December 1, has left a trail of devastation, claiming at least 13 lives and inflicting numerous injuries. Wajima, a particularly hard-hit area, witnessed the collapse of buildings and the outbreak of fires, contributing to eight reported fatalities. Nearby regions were not spared either, with an additional five lives lost in the aftermath of the seismic catastrophe.

The quake, which occurred on Monday, disrupted essential services, leading to widespread chaos. The impact on transportation was substantial, with trains coming to a halt, and mobile networks experiencing disruptions. Approximately 33,000 households grappled with power outages, compounding the challenges faced by the affected communities. Reports of water supply issues further underscored the severity of the situation, painting a grim picture of the immediate aftermath.

Structural damage was evident, marked by cracked streets and collapsed buildings, as the affected regions grappled with the sheer force of nature. The scenes of destruction prompted swift action from the Japanese government, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida establishing a dedicated task force for rescue and recovery operations. Emperor Naruhito, expressing solidarity with the victims, canceled a public New Year appearance in Tokyo as a gesture of mourning and respect.

The earthquake’s impact also extended to critical infrastructure, affecting power plants in the region. At the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, water overflowed from fuel pools, albeit with no reported radiation leakage. Concurrently, thermal power plants ceased operations, resulting in a loss of approximately 1.2 gigawatts of capacity.

As the nation grapples with the aftermath, assistance efforts are underway. For Thai nationals affected by the disaster, the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo has established a hotline (+8190-4435-7812) to provide support and guidance during these challenging times.

In this moment of crisis, the world watches as Japan unites in its response to the disaster, emphasizing resilience and solidarity in the face of adversity.

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