Recovery efforts continue following Noto earthquake in central Japan

The massive earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula in central Japan on New Year's Day left 238 people dead and 19 others still unaccounted for. Recovery efforts continue in the affected areas.

Officials say the last of the power outages caused by the disaster are expected to be resolved Wednesday.

Almost 40,000 households were at one point without power in Ishikawa Prefecture. Crews in Wajima City say they're working to get the grid back up and running.

Widespread water outages are making doing laundry difficult. One volunteer group in Nanao City is chipping in. They've started collecting and washing clothes at an elementary school that's housing evacuees.

Noto's traditional industries were also hit hard by the disaster. Shinohara Takashi creates traditional pottery, known as Suzu wares. His workshop was damaged in an earthquake last May and was due to start up production when the New Year's Day quake hit.

Shinohara says that the disaster won't stop him. He vowed to keep the fire in the kiln burning.

Locals are also celebrating one piece of art that survived the quake....a globe, which is a piece of Wajima-nuri, or a type of traditional lacquerware.

The art represents Earth floating in space at night. It is widely considered one of the master works of Wajima-nuri... and took five years to make. It miraculously survived -- despite widespread damage to the area around it.

Komori Kunihiro, the head of the Wajima Museum of Urushi Art, said that he hopes the work can become a symbol of the area's reconstruction.