Death toll in powerful Japan quake rises to 8: Government

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At least eight people were confirmed dead in Ishikawa prefecture after a massive earthquake hit the area in central Japan and the vicinity, the media reported on Tuesday, citing local authorities.

Calling the rescue of those impacted by the earthquakes a battle against time, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the government has already dispatched several self-defence forces to the impacted areas and will continue to assist.

A series of strong earthquakes, with major ones of up to a preliminary 7.6 magnitude, hit on Monday at a shallow depth on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The Japan Meteorological Agency has officially named it the 2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake. Since Monday, Japan has been hit by 155 quakes.