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Japan quake death toll rises to 92, with 242 missing

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  • | Date: 05 January 2024
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CNA, 5 January 2024

ANAMIZU, Japan: The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Japan rose to 92 on Friday (Jan 5), regional authorities said, with the number of missing jumping to 242.


Two elderly women were pulled from the rubble, but hopes of finding other survivors faded as thousands of rescuers raced against the clock four days after the 7.5 magnitude quake on New Year's Day.


Thousands of rescuers from all over Japan have been battling aftershocks and roads littered with gaping holes and blocked by frequent landslides in the Ishikawa region to reach hundreds of people in stranded communities.


On Thursday afternoon, 72 hours after the quake, the two older women were miraculously pulled alive from the remains of their homes in Wajima, one of them thanks to a sniffer dog called Jennifer.


The port city of Wajima on the Noto Peninsula was one of the worst hit, with a pungent smell of soot still in the air and faint columns of smoke visible from a huge fire that destroyed hundreds of structures on the first day.


"I was relaxing on New Year's Day when the quake happened. My relatives were all there and we were having fun," Hiroyuki Hamatani, 53, told AFP amid the burnt-out cars, wrecked buildings and fallen telegraph poles.


"The house itself is standing but it's far from livable now ... I don't have the space in my mind to think about the future," he told AFP.


Photo Caption: A woman, whose house was damaged by an earthquake carries her belongings as she heads to an evacuation centre in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, Jan 5, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-hoon)

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