Drone flights temporarily restricted in earthquake-damaged Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, Japan

A significant earthquake on January 1, 2024, resulted in widespread destruction in the Noto Peninsula. A lot of older buildings with poor earthquake resistance were either entirely or partially demolished.

Some scientists are considering using drones to take pictures for academic documentation of the damage. At present, drone operations in the Noto Peninsula are restricted by the government to avoid disrupting the delivery of relief supplies by Self-Defense Forces helicopters. The extent and nature of these restrictions are evolving.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) website.

Flight Rules for Unmanned Aircraft(Drones and Model Aircraft, etc.) by MLIT

This article was written based on information available as of January 20, 2024.