O The earthquake that hit the west coast of central Japan on Monday left a trail of chaos and destruction and has so far claimed 48 lives, according to the latest report from Japanese authorities.
The several earthquakes that have shaken central Japan since Monday have already caused several fatalities and significant material damage – according to You can see it in the image gallery above – including collapsed buildings and fires, declared Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Previously, the last balance showed 30 deaths in the earthquake.
Also this morning, Japanese authorities suspended the tsunami warning, which had been in effect for 18 hours.
Wajima is the city most affected by the strong earthquake, but there is also damage reported in the cities of Ishikawa, Niigata, Fukui, Toyama and Gifu.
Meanwhile, Japanese public television NHK said that a helpline had been opened for residents and foreign tourists in Ishikawa Prefecture.
It should be remembered that the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirmed that central Japan was hit by 155 earthquakes between 4pm on Monday and 9am today (between 7am and midnight in Lisbon).
Most of the earthquakes were recorded with magnitudes greater than 3.0, including six new strong tremors felt this morning, said the JMA.
Hours earlier, the agency’s experts had warned that aftershocks would continue this week, being particularly dangerous over the next two or three days, during which strong tremors of magnitude seven or greater are likely to be repeated.
It should be remembered that the earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.6 on the open Richter scale, led authorities to activate a tsunami warning along the western coast of the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido and the north of the island of Kyushu.
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