Japan Earthquake Response Fund

Support our DisasterLink partners in their response to the earthquake in Japan.

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A firefighter walks through the rubble and wreckage of a burnt-out marketplace following earthquake in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. A series of powerful earthquakes in western Japan damaged homes, cars and boats, with officials warning people on Tuesday to stay away from their homes in some areas because of a continuing risk of major quakes and tsunamis. (Kyodo News via AP)

On New Years Day, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. The number of casualties and damage is increasing.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA), as of 4 January, at least 78 fatalities have been reported in Ishikawa Prefecture. Several are still missing. In addition, a total of 344 injured people have been reported across Ishikawa, Niigata, Toyama, Fukui, Gifu, Osaka and Hyogo Prefectures. An evacuation order of level 4 is still active for Ishikawa Prefecture and dozens have been displaced. More than 700 buildings have been damaged and fires due to the earthquake have been reported in several cities
(Source: Relief web, ECHO)

Rescuers are struggling to reach the northernmost areas of the peninsula - where much of the fatalities are - due to severed roads. Material aid has trickled in but many evacuees remain largely cut off from food, water, electricity, and communications amid freezing temperatures and bad weather.

Myriad USA is supporting our DisasterLink partners in their response efforts. Our current partners include:

-Peace Boat Relief (PBV)
-Peace Winds Japan
-Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD)
-Rescue Stock Yard (RSY)

Urgent needs include the following, with a focus on the elderly communities who are particularly vulnerable:
-Basic aid and personal items including food, blankets, and warm clothes
-Temporary shelters
-Assisted care for elderly

More medium-term need: support for reconstruction of damaged and old houses and public facilities

We will keep this page updated as the situation changes.

Photo: A firefighter walks through the rubble and wreckage of a burnt-out marketplace following earthquake in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. (Kyodo News via AP)

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