Earthquake Update – Kyushu, Japan
Posted by feww on April 15, 2016
Aftershocks Plague Kumamoto, Kyushu
Earthquake death toll has been revised down to [at least] 9 by Japanese authorities, while more than 1.3k people have been injured.
About 170 aftershocks of all sizes have been registered as of posting, with the two most significant events detailed below
01:56 JST 15 Apr 2016 01:53 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.8 (5-)
00:09 JST 15 Apr 2016 00:03 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4 (6+)
- JST = UTC -9 hrs.
- Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale of 1 to 7.
The 6.4-magnitude and its aftershocks have destroyed or severely damaged scores of homes, other buildings, roads and highways.
Part of the walls and roof of Kumamoto castle have been severely damaged.
About 45,000 people fled to designated earthquake shelters.
The quake cut power to more than 12,000 homes and left about 60,000 others without water.
Operations have been suspended at many factories operating in the region including Toyota, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Bridgestone, and others.