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The future of the city of Ishikawa, hit by liquefaction, is unclear, five months after the earthquake

A city in Ishikawa Prefecture faces a long and arduous road to reconstruction after a massive earthquake that struck the region five months ago, plagued by liquefaction damage.

About 3,500 cases of liquefaction damage from the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on Jan. 1 have been confirmed in residential areas in the prefecture, according to the land ministry.

Ishikawa’s Uchinada town was hit by a lateral flow, which causes the ground to shift horizontally, damaging roads built on top and toppling houses. The lateral spread also damaged underground sewer pipes, leaving about 60 homes without access to sewage.

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