As an earthquake shakes Japan, more than 50 aftershocks occur

Emergency services reported that aftershocks have shook Japan a day after a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake that injured more than 20 people, destroyed buildings, and shut down high-speed train lines and left at least one person dead.

According to Japan’s Kyodo News agency, a 65-year-old man died when he fell from a ladder during the Friday afternoon quake that struck the central Ishikawa region at a depth of 12 km (7 miles).The country’s disaster management office reported that some 55 aftershocks, some of them powerful, struck on Saturday morning and warned that heavy rain could cause landslides in impacted areas.

The agency reported that there had been at least 23 injuries.On Friday, a major holiday in Japan, train services were disrupted, leaving passengers left in stations. This incident was a result of the “Golden Week” holiday period, during which many people travel for pleasure or to visit relatives.

Bullet trains running between Tokyo and Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture were temporarily stopped for safety checks, according to East Japan Railway Co., but normal service has now resumed with some delays.The Nuclear Regulation Authority said that there were no anomalies at the nearby nuclear power stations.

The hardest-hit city in Ishikawa Prefecture, Suzu, reported that two persons were rescued after getting trapped within collapsed buildings. After their wooden homes in the prefecture were partially demolished, some locals were spotted removing debris in the rain.

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