Japan Quake: Number of Missing People Now stands at 323

This Photo Taken On Jan Shows A Road Damaged By Earthquakes In Hakui Ishikawa Prefecture Japan
This photo taken on Jan. 2, 2024 shows a road damaged by earthquakes in Hakui, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. The death toll has risen to 30 after a series of powerful earthquakes hit the area in central Japan and the vicinity, national news agency Kyodo citing local authorities.

The number of people currently unaccounted for surged to 323 in the central Japanese prefecture of Ishikawa as of 9:00 a.m. local time on Monday, one week after a series of earthquakes of up to 7.6 magnitude struck the prefecture and its vicinity, local media reported.

Meanwhile, the death toll has climbed to 168 in the prefecture, according to national broadcaster NHK. The strongest temblor, officially named the 2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake, is classified as a reverse fault earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 by a government panel, and intermittent aftershocks are hampering recovery support to the affected areas.

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