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The statement on the Internet that “houses and buildings were intact after the earthquake in Japan” is not objective. Many pictures and videos reflect that after the January 1, 2024 earthquake, many houses collapsed in the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture.

The 6.2-magnitude Jishishan earthquake in Gansu that occurred on December 18, 2023, fundamentally differs from the earthquake in the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, on January 1, and it isn’t easy to directly compare the two. Both earthquakes caused house collapse and casualties. As of January 4, the Wajima City Government of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, announced that the earthquake had killed at least 84 people and injured more than 300 people.

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At around 16:00 local time on January 1, 2024, multiple strong earthquakes occurred in the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, with the strongest magnitude reaching 7.6. Since the evening of January 4, the Wajima Local Government in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, announced that the earthquake had eliminated at least 82 people, injured more than 300 people, and left at least 179 people missing.

There is a saying on Twitter that during the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Japan, “even though the ground cracked, houses and buildings were intact, while China’s Gansu earthquake of magnitude 5 was devastated (actually magnitude 6.2, editor’s note).” The relevant statement was accompanied by a news picture showing cracks in the ground and a video screenshot marked “Ishikawa Zhuzhou City Hall 2:42 pm on the 5th.”

As of the evening of January 4, the tweet had been viewed 1.25 million times, with more than 3,400 likes, nearly a thousand comments and more than 400 retweets.

Are buildings intact after the earthquake in Japan?

In fact, another surveillance video taken near Ishikawa-Zhuzhou City Hall has been circulated on social platforms recently. The shooting angle is very similar to the angle shown in the screenshot of the online video.

Another screenshot of a surveillance video taken near the Ishikawa-Zhuzhou City Hall circulated on the Internet. The video was taken recently and shows dust suspected to be caused by the collapse of a house.

This video is confirmed to be related to the recent Noto Peninsula earthquake. The video shows what appears to be dust raised by the collapse of the house.

After the Noto Peninsula earthquake on January 1, many pictures and videos on the Internet showed that many houses collapsed in the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture.

The News reported on January 1 that “the strong earthquake not only affected Ishikawa Prefecture, but also affected a wide range of areas, causing many houses to collapse, power outages, and lifeline damage.”

Screenshot of the title of a Japanese Sankei Shimbun report.

It was reported on January 2 that a seven-story building in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, collapsed as if it was “broken from the roots.” People who were suspected of being relatives were seen heading towards the crushed building. Crying, waiting for rescue.

Therefore, the statement on the Internet that “houses and buildings were intact after the earthquake in Japan” is not objective.

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