HT Image
HT Image

Japan hunts for injured after powerful quake

Rescue teams searched under dense fog and rain for victims of a powerful earthquake in N Japan that left more than 100 people hurt, some of them seriously.
By HT Correspondent | AFP, Ichinoseki (japan)
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2008 10:24 AM IST

Rescue teams searched under dense fog and rain on Thursday for victims of a powerful earthquake in northern Japan that left more than 100 people injured, some of them seriously.

The 6.8 Richter-scale quake struck just after midnight on the mountainous northern tip of Japan's main island of Honshu, shattering windows and triggering landslides that blocked key roads on the Pacific coast.

Some 110 people were injured, according to a tally by public broadcaster NHK. Police said that 15 of them were in serious condition, some having broken bones as the quake threw them to the ground.

Military helicopters scoured the region famed for its blueberry fields and hot-spring resorts to find if anyone was trapped, but low visibility and light rain hampered the operations.

"I've never felt such a big earthquake before in my life," said Kenji Sasaki, a disaster official in the town of Hirono where the walls and ceilings of the municipal head office suffered cracks.

"I was asleep when I felt the jolt but for its entire duration I couldn't move," he told AFP.

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda also said he was startled by the quake, which was so powerful that it shook buildings in the capital some 500 kilometres to the south.

"I was just about to fall asleep. I think everyone else was alarmed as well," Fukuda told reporters.

"As a nation we will promptly take appropriate measures," Fukuda said.

"However, it appears that the area is now foggy so it's difficult to assess the situation by helicopters.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
The dollar rose to 104.02 Japanese yen from 103.69 yen late Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.2095 from $1.2078.(AP)
The dollar rose to 104.02 Japanese yen from 103.69 yen late Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.2095 from $1.2078.(AP)

Asian shares mostly higher as Joe Biden inauguration approaches

PTI, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:20 AM IST
Benchmarks were higher in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong but slipped in Shanghai.
Close
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 29, 2020 after administering him with oxygen, County of Los Angeles paramedics load a potential Covid-19 patient in the ambulance before transporting him to a hospital in Hawthorne, California as a family walks by. - Los Angeles ambulance workers have been told to stop transporting some patients with extremely low survival chances to hospital, and to limit oxygen use, as record Covid cases overwhelm medical resources.
California has emerged as the latest epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 4,000 deaths in the last two weeks alone, and hospitals bracing for another surge expected from the holiday period. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 29, 2020 after administering him with oxygen, County of Los Angeles paramedics load a potential Covid-19 patient in the ambulance before transporting him to a hospital in Hawthorne, California as a family walks by. - Los Angeles ambulance workers have been told to stop transporting some patients with extremely low survival chances to hospital, and to limit oxygen use, as record Covid cases overwhelm medical resources. California has emerged as the latest epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 4,000 deaths in the last two weeks alone, and hospitals bracing for another surge expected from the holiday period. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)(AFP)

California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:04 AM IST
The first coronavirus case in California was confirmed last Jan. 25. It took 292 days to get to 1 million infections on Nov. 11 and 44 days to top 2 million.
Close
Sinopharm is developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a state-owned subsidiary conglomerate.(REUTERS)
Sinopharm is developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a state-owned subsidiary conglomerate.(REUTERS)

Pakistan approves Chinese Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:50 AM IST
Earlier, on Friday Drap had authorised the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Pakistan.
Close
Trump clemency likely for Lil Wayne, no pardons for Giuliani or Bannon: Reports(Reuters)
Trump clemency likely for Lil Wayne, no pardons for Giuliani or Bannon: Reports(Reuters)

Trump clemency likely for Lil Wayne, no pardons for Giuliani or Bannon: Reports

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:10 AM IST
Trump is expected to issue more than 100 pardons and commutations on his last full day in office.
Close
A medic administers a dose of Covishield vaccine to a health worker at BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai. (HT FILE)(HT_PRINT)
A medic administers a dose of Covishield vaccine to a health worker at BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai. (HT FILE)(HT_PRINT)

Vaccine drive expands as Covid-19 probe criticises global response

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:32 AM IST
With the global death toll now past two million, many governments are betting on mass vaccination to throttle the pandemic.
Close
Joe Biden is expected to take swift executive actions to reverse other Trump immigration actions. (AP File Photo )
Joe Biden is expected to take swift executive actions to reverse other Trump immigration actions. (AP File Photo )

Joe Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:10 AM IST
As a candidate, Biden called Trump's actions on immigration an “unrelenting assault” on American values.
Close
Andrew Cuomo (FILE)(Reuters Photo)
Andrew Cuomo (FILE)(Reuters Photo)

New York governor Cuomo explores buying vaccine directly from Pfizer

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:59 AM IST
At the current pace of federal vaccine shipments to New York, it could take six months or more to get shots to the 7 million residents already eligible under federal guidelines.
Close
Security and healthcare workers wait for the start of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination drive at the RML hospital in New Delhi.
Security and healthcare workers wait for the start of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination drive at the RML hospital in New Delhi.

LIVE: India’s new Covid-19 cases drop to over 10,000; tally tops 10.58 million

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:01 AM IST
The global tally of cases of Covid-19 currently stands at over 95.5 million, of which more than 2 million patients have succumbed to the infection, the Johns Hopkins University tracker shows.
Their interim report was published hours after the WHO's top emergency expert, Mike Ryan, said that global deaths from Covid-19 were expected to top 100,000 per week "very soon".(REUTERS)
Their interim report was published hours after the WHO's top emergency expert, Mike Ryan, said that global deaths from Covid-19 were expected to top 100,000 per week "very soon".(REUTERS)

China reports over 100 new Covid-19 cases for seventh day

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:05 AM IST
Mainland China posted 118 new cases on Jan. 18, up from 109 a day earlier, the national health authority said in a statement.
Close
Kit Malthouse told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the mishap occurred during a “regular housekeeping process” on the computer. (Reuters File Photo )
Kit Malthouse told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the mishap occurred during a “regular housekeeping process” on the computer. (Reuters File Photo )

UK says 'human error' wiped 1000s of police computer records

AP, London
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:48 AM IST
Officials were trying to recover the data but he could not guarantee that no criminal investigations would be harmed by the error, Kit Malthouse said.
Close
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks about his plan to administer Covid-19 vaccines to the US population.(Reuters File Photo)
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks about his plan to administer Covid-19 vaccines to the US population.(Reuters File Photo)

Joe Biden team says US will not lift travel bans, despite Donald Trump statement

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:36 AM IST
"On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26," tweeted Jen Psaki, Biden's press secretary.
Close
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington.(Reuters Photo )
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington.(Reuters Photo )

Student, retired firefighter charged in US Capitol riots

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:27 AM IST
Federal authorities have brought criminal charges against more than 100 people in their investigation into the ransacking of Capitol offices and attacks on police.
Close
Members of the U.S. National Guard arrive, as the U.S. Capitol goes into lockdown during the dress rehearsal ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2021. Rod Lamkey/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Members of the U.S. National Guard arrive, as the U.S. Capitol goes into lockdown during the dress rehearsal ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2021. Rod Lamkey/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

No indication of insider threat before inauguration, says acting Pentagon chief

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:10 AM IST
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said in a statement on Monday the vetting is "normal for military support to large security events."
Close
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House on Dec. 31, 2020, in Washington(AP File Photo )
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House on Dec. 31, 2020, in Washington(AP File Photo )

First Lady Melania Trump bids farewell, says 'violence will never be justified'

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:05 AM IST
Melania Trump urged the netizens to "use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered".
Close
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted by police officers after a court hearing, in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia.(via REUTERS)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted by police officers after a court hearing, in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia.(via REUTERS)

Jailed Navalny calls on supporters to protest after court jails him for 30 days

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:49 AM IST
With the court's order on Monday, Navalny will have to remain in prison till February 15 and a different court has been set to decide whether to convert his suspended three and a half year sentence into real jail time.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP