At least 30 dead in earthquake in Japan

At least 30 people are casualties of the 7.6 magnitude earth quake that struck Japan on New Year’s Day and rescue teams are struggling to reach isolated areas.

The quake that happened yesterday resulted in a tsunami hitting Japan’s west coast and the most affected is the Noto peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture.

“The search and rescue of those impacted by the quake is a battle against time,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during an emergency disaster meeting today.

He pointed out wrecked roads, and fire and widespread infrastructure damage are factors that cause difficulties in rescue work.

Rail and flights in Noto have been suspended.