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4 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Slams Japan

The earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck at about 4:10 p.m. local time, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.

TOKYO — At least four people have died after a series of powerful earthquakes struck Japan’s west coast on New Year’s Day, officials said.

The earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck at about 4:10 p.m. local time, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. The Japan Meteorological Agency added there were over 100 jolts in the region, including aftershocks.

Following the quake, Japanese officials had issued a major tsunami warning for the peninsula and surrounding Ishikawa Prefecture. Officials later downgraded it to a tsunami warning after five hours had passed.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida issued a statement, telling residents nearby to evacuate immediately.

“I urge local residents in the affected areas to evacuate,” he said. “Others in the region must be vigilant, be on the lookout as further quakes may hit.”

Kishida added his administration set up a disaster response office and vowed to get an accurate assessment of the situation.

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The damage included collapsed concrete statues and damage to buildings. Several homes and buildings were damaged or collapses, according to NHK. The damaged buildings were believed to be largely unoccupied, according to officials.

Officials in Ishikawa’s Wajima City said a fire broke out in the center of the city damaging more than 50 stores and houses, the Fire Disaster Management Agency said.

The White House issued a statement, promising to led any help if needed to Japan in their recovery efforts.

“Jill and I are praying for the people of Japan who have been impacted by the terrible earthquake,” President Joe Biden added. “My administration is in touch with Japanese officials, and the United States stands ready to provide any necessary assistance for the Japanese people. As close Allies, the United States and Japan share a deep bond of friendship that unites our people. Our thoughts are with the Japanese people during this difficult time.”

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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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