January 3, Wednesday, 2024

1. Japan Airlines officials are shedding light on the dramatic evacuation of a plane that collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft on Tuesday at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. They say all passengers and crew had escaped 18 minutes after landing. They say Flight 516 arrived from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, landing on runway C at around 5:47 p.m. The officials say the aircraft collided with the Coast Guard plane immediately after landing, and caught fire. The plane stopped after traveling about one kilometer, and the people on board escaped from three emergency exits.
2. Japanese seismologists have estimated that a recent earthquake observed in Ishikawa Prefecture was almost as powerful as the mega quake that generated violent jolts and massive tsunami off eastern Japan in 2011. Monday’s quake shook Shika Town with the intensity of 7, the highest on Japan’s scale.
3. More than 60 people are confirmed dead in Monday’s devastating earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan. Tens of thousands are still without electricity. Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says emergency teams are in a race against time to save lives.