The Story Of Indonesian Citizens Who Fled Headlong Into The Mountains After The Earthquake In Japan

RediksiaWednesday, 3 January 2024 | 03:03 GMT+0000
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DIKSIA.COM - A total of 18 Indonesian citizens living in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, rushed to save themselves when a powerful earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula near Ishikawa Prefecture. They ran into the mountains.

The earthquake that struck Ishikawa on Monday (01/01/2024) had a magnitude of 7.6 and triggered tsunami waves on the north and central coast of . Tsunami waves are estimated at 5 meters at several official warning points. So far, waves of up to 1.2 meters high have hit the port of Wajiima in Ishikawa Prefecture.

As a result of the earthquake, the power grid failed, several areas caught fire and residents fled.

The Japanese government has actually ordered residents of the coastal Noto area of ​​Ishikawa Prefecture to immediately evacuate to the highlands.

Together with Japanese citizens, Indonesian citizens made their way to the mountains. At this point the outside temperature was 0 degrees Celsius. To warm themselves, they built a campfire.

Rizal Sokobiki, one of the 18 Indonesian citizens forced to spend the night on a hill after the earthquake, said the power was out and there were still aftershocks, so they decided to stay outdoors. Dozens of Indonesian citizens work on fishing boats and live in beachside dormitories.

“It is very close to the sea, just 200 meters from the dorm to the hill you can see the sea. Because there was a tsunami warning, everyone ran up the hill,” Rizal, an Indonesian citizen from Tuban, East Java, told journalist Sri Lestari, reporting for BBC News Indonesia.

Rizal said that the refugee camp provided by the government was quite far from his place of residence. He said he only brought some drinking water and snacks for the night.

When the earthquake struck, he and his colleagues were resting in the dormitory because they were off duty at sea. “All the children were resting in their rooms, some were eating and everyone was running away,” he said.

In the two years he has worked in Ishikawa, he said this was the first time he had felt a fairly strong earthquake.