• Noto Peninsula Earthquake

Japan Govt to Designate Noto Peninsula Quake as Severe Disaster

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Smoke rises in the central district of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Wednesday.

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government is considering designating a powerful earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on Monday as a disaster of extreme severity, officials said Friday.

Once designated, the central government’s subsidy rate for restoration projects conducted by local governments will be raised.

The central government aims to make a decision on the designation as early as next week.

The magnitude-7.6 New Year’s Day quake, which registered the highest level of 7 on Japan’s seismic intensity scale, has left nearly 100 people dead in Ishikawa Prefecture.