Japan Earthquake Death Toll Crosses 200-Mark, Fresh Jolt Rattles Devastated Country Again

An earthquake of 6 magnitude hit central Japan on Tuesday again.


Rescuers searching through rubble in Japan's Wajima amid snowfall.

The death toll in Japan post New Year's Day earthquake continues to mount as latest figures reached to 202 on Tuesday.

The destruction due to the earthquake has also left 565 people injured, AFP reported.

The number of missing people went down to 102 from 120 earlier in the day, the report said.

Earthquake shakes Japan again:

An earthquake of 6 magnitude hit central Japan on Tuesday as authorities issued no tsunami warning for now, AFP reported.

The strong tremors were felt by the people in Japan again, week after the deadly earthquake hit the country causing massive damage.

The report quoting Japan Meteorological Agency said that the earthquake struck off the Sea of Japan coast.


Thousands of people left shelter-less amid adverse weather:

The earthquake of 7.6 magnitude left people homeless overnight in Japan, especially in the country’s west coast region.

The rescue effort since the earthquake has drawn thousands of troops, firefighters and police who picked through collapsed buildings hoping to find survivors.

The officials in Japan have warned of landslides, triggered by heavy snowfall on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture, AP reported.

Ishikawa worst-hit:

In Ishikawa, the worst hit place due to the earthquake, a trail of destruction is witnessed all across with houses collapsed, damaged roads and crippled infrastructure, AP reported.


Earlier, a tsunami of several meters (feet) followed the initial major quake, adding to the damage. 

The report stated aftershocks have continued daily.

Japan’s meteorological officials warned strong quakes could persist for another month, it said.

“Their frequency, while gradually diminishing, remained high compared to past quakes, totaling more than 1,000,” the report mentioned.

Before earthquake, Wajima was a tourist hub:

Before the earthquake, Wajima was a tourist town with a shopping street offering seafood and traditional crafts. 

Much of it was destroyed in the fires that broke out after the earthquake.

Growing worries about Covid-19:

According to the AP report, around 30,000 people staying in schools, auditoriums and other evacuation centers are worried about infections as cases of Covid-19 and other illnesses popped up.

In the shelters, people were still sleeping on cold floors, it said.

“After initial help of a piece of bread and a cup of water for each person a day, more aid is allowing some facilities to begin serving hot food cooked in huge pots,” it stated.

It also said affected people were delighted by the temporary bathing facilities set up by soldiers, sitting in the hot water they had missed for days.