On the 5th of February, which fell on a Monday, an important announcement was made by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They reported that the initial consignment of humanitarian aid intended for the victims of the devastating earthquake had been successfully delivered to the Noto Peninsula, located in Ishikawa Prefecture.
The humanitarian aid, which was primarily composed of food supplies, was delivered through the benevolent efforts of Operation Blessing Japan, a charitable organization dedicated to providing aid and support to those in need.
The Ishikawa Prefecture had been severely affected by a calamitous earthquake of magnitude 7.6. This natural disaster led to the unfortunate demise of 238 individuals. Additionally, the earthquake resulted in the destruction or severe damage of approximately 50,000 housing units. The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks, with over a hundred instances being recorded between January 1 and January 10. These aftershocks reached magnitudes of up to 5.7.
However, this was not the most severe earthquake that Japan has experienced in its recent history. That dubious honor goes to the earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. This earthquake had a magnitude of 9.1, making it the most powerful earthquake in Japan’s modern history. The epicenter of this earthquake was located about 70 km from the nearest coast, and it took between 10 to 30 minutes for the resulting tsunami waves to reach the shores of Japan. This earthquake and the ensuing aftershocks led to a wall collapsing at the first reactor of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. This collapse resulted in harmful emissions being released into the atmosphere and severe radioactive contamination occurring within the territory of the nuclear power plant. The overall disaster claimed the lives of approximately 16,000 individuals.