128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan’s Noto Peninsula so heavy?

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[Deep Thoughts Behind the Disaster: Multifaceted Challenges Triggered by the Ishikawa Earthquake in Japan]

Recently, the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, experienced a strong earthquake. The disaster was very severe and caused a large number of casualties. This earthquake not only caused the scientific community to think about earthquake issues, but also involved comprehensive issues in society, economy, culture and other aspects.

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?

[Power of Earthquake: Why are the casualties so serious? ]

First, we have to pay attention to the power of the earthquake itself. The scale of this earthquake exceeded the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, and became the first time that the death toll in Japan exceeded 100 people since then. The earthquake’s high magnitude, shallow epicenter and strong shaking are the main reasons for serious casualties.

[Earthquake swarm phenomenon: behind the huge scale]

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?

This earthquake showed the characteristics of a swarm, a series of earthquakes of similar magnitude. The energy released by this phenomenon is relatively concentrated, and the scale of the earthquake is huge. The Noto Peninsula has a wide range of fault ruptures, resulting in a large area covered by earthquakes and further intensifying the destructive power of earthquakes.

[Traffic Jam: Challenges Facing Rescue]

Another major challenge for rescue efforts is traffic congestion. Many roads were interrupted and highways were closed, making it difficult for relief supplies and personnel to quickly reach the disaster area. This adds many difficulties to the rescue work and delays the rescue opportunity.

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?

[Poor communication: Difficulties in information transmission]

Damage to communication facilities is also a serious problem, with hundreds of base stations out of service, resulting in poor communication. This makes it difficult for rescue workers to obtain disaster information and for victims to receive timely help. The lack of information directly affected the rescue work.

[Meteorological changes: Rainfall and snowfall aggravate disasters]

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?

Natural disasters are not limited to earthquakes. The large-scale rainfall and snowfall that began on the evening of the 6th made the rescue work in the disaster area even worse. Slippery roads and low temperatures made the rescue work more difficult. At the same time, rainfall may also trigger secondary disasters such as mudslides, increasing the complexity of rescue.

[Aging Population and Building Earthquake Resistance Issues: Multiple Causes of Disasters]

The extent of earthquake hazards is also affected by issues such as an aging population and inadequate seismic performance of buildings. In disaster areas, there are a large number of buildings that do not meet seismic standards, which makes buildings more susceptible to damage during earthquakes. The aging population structure makes the number of casualties in disasters more serious, and the elderly group is relatively vulnerable.

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?

[Social response and reflection: future directions]

In the face of this earthquake disaster, all sectors of society should reflect deeply. Improving the earthquake-resistant standards of buildings, strengthening care for the elderly, improving rescue systems, and strengthening communication infrastructure are all important directions for responding to similar disasters in the future. Only through deep reflection on disasters can society better prepare and respond to disasters and protect people’s lives and property.

[Facing it Together: The Responsibility of the International Community]

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?

Disasters respect no borders, and the international community should face them together. At this critical moment, cooperation between countries is crucial. Sharing rescue resources, providing technical support, and strengthening information sharing are all directions in which the international community should work together. Through cooperation, we can respond to disasters more efficiently and protect human lives.

[Conclusion: Unite and work hard to overcome difficulties]

The earthquake disaster is a ruthless test, but it also arouses people’s call for unity and cooperation. At this difficult time, let us work together and unite as one to provide assistance to the best of our ability to the people in the disaster area and tide over the difficulties. Let us remember this disaster and make it a more united force for us to pave the way for future social construction and disaster prevention.

128 people were killed and 222 people lost contact. Why was the earthquake damage in Japan's Noto Peninsula so heavy?