Power Outage, Telecommunications Disruptions Continue in Quake-Hit Ishikawa Pref. (UPDATE 1)

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A tilted electricity pole is seen in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Wednesdy.

Power outages and communication problems caused by a series of powerful earthquakes on the Noto Peninsula continued Thursday.

According to the Hokuriku Electric Power Co., 29,700 households in Ishikawa Prefecture were without power as of 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. There is no forecast for when power will be restored, despite support from the Kansai Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co.

Some areas of Ishikawa Prefecture have not been able to use internet services or phone landlines operated by NTT West Corp., with about 4,500 cases of service disruption reported for Wajima and Suzu as of 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Some telecommunication facilities run on emergency power sources, such as in-house generators, and a lack of fuel may disrupt services in more areas if power is not restored.