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.