Second strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Kumamoto area, killing at least 11

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April 2016JAPAN A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Kumamoto Prefecture early Saturday, killing at least 11 more people, injuring many more and bringing down buildings, media reported, just over a day after a quake killed nine others in the same region. The USGS later revised the earthquake down to a 7.0 magnitude. Authorities warned of damage over a wide area, as reports came in of scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings, fires and power outages. The powerful shaking triggered a huge landslide that swept away homes and cut off a highway in one area, and unlike the earlier quake which mostly affected old houses, larger buildings were damaged and some toppled across Kumamoto, the epicenter of the quakes.
Public broadcaster NHK said that at least 760 people were injured in the latest tremor, while a government spokesperson said scores were trapped or buried alive. Eleven people were stuck in a damaged apartment building in Minamiaso, near the landslide, a Kumamoto Prefecture official said. “We don’t know their condition,” he said, declining to be named. Meanwhile, a large fire that broke out at an apartment complex in the city of Yatsushiro city killed one person, city official Kiichiro Terada confirmed. “We are also checking if any more people failed to escape,” he said, adding that the fire was under control. Residents living near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, NHK said.
Saturday’s temblor triggered a tsunami advisory, although it was later lifted and no irregularities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the area, a senior government official said. People still reeling from Thursday’s shock poured onto the streets after the Saturday quake struck at 1:25 a.m. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said nearly 80 people were believed trapped or buried in rubble. Extra troops would be sent to help, with up to 15,000 due Saturday, as well as more police, firefighters and medics, he said. “We are making every effort to respond,” Suga said. Troops fanned out to search ruined houses as dawn broke.

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The epicenter of the quake was near the city of Kumamoto and measured at a shallow depth of 10 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Almost 200,000 households were without power. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, arriving at his office, told reporters the government was making every effort to determine the extent of the damage, carry out rescue and recovery, and to get accurate information to citizens. “It’s possible that there may be damage over a wide area,” Abe said. The Japan Meteorological Agency initially said the Saturday quake registered magnitude of 7.1 but later revised it up to 7.3. The region’s transport network suffered considerable damage with one tunnel caved in, a highway bridge damaged, roads blocked by landslides and train services halted, media reported. Kumamoto airport was also closed.
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said it was too early to assess the economic impact and bank operations in Kumamoto were normal. “We’ll closely monitor the effect of the earthquake and take appropriate action, working closely with relevant authorities,” Kuroda said in Washington after a Group of 20 finance leaders’ meeting. Much of the area around Kumamoto and a few sizable towns is rural. Television footage showed many frightened people wrapped in blankets sitting outside their homes while others camped out in rice fields. Shotaro Sakamoto, a Kumamoto prefectural official, said Saturday’s quake felt comparable to Thursday’s.

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“It was really strong… many people on the street appeared panicked,” he said. Meteorological agency official Gen Aoki said Saturday’s earthquake was the strongest to hit Japan in recent days, and said Thursday’s was merely a “precursor.” The earthquake on Thursday evening in the same region was of 6.4 magnitude and experts said the tectonic events could be linked. “Thursday’s quake might have been a foreshock of this one,” Shinji Toda, a professor at Tohoku University, told NHK. Several aftershocks rattled the region later Saturday, including two of nearly magnitude 6, and experts warned of more.
“We would not be surprised to see more earthquakes of this size,” said John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude-9 quake in March 2011 in the Tohoku region touched off a massive tsunami and nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima. Nearly 20,000 people were killed in the tsunami. Japan is on the seismically active “Ring of Fire” around the Pacific Ocean and has building codes aimed at helping structures withstand earthquakes. Factories in the area operated by manufacturers including Honda Motor Co. and Sony Corp. halted production after Thursday’s tremor but no major damage was reported. The 2011 quake temporarily crippled part of Japan’s auto supply chain, but some companies have since adjusted the industry’s “Just in Time” production philosophy in a bid to limit any repeat of the disruption. –Japan Times

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5 Responses to Second strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Kumamoto area, killing at least 11

  1. maidservantofyahweh says:

    I have been watching the Ring of Fire daily for some time now. The left side is upset, but the West Coast part is rather quiet – just comparing the earthquakes from this visual:
    http://ds.iris.edu/seismon/
    It has been looking like that for over 2 weeks. Dutchsinse on youtube says, movement in the Pacific goes from West to East – wouldn’t you be concerned about the blank spot on the West Coast? The emptiness of movement on the West Coast stares you in the eye.
    Retired Dr. Lucie Jones (US Geological Survey) mentions frequency/energy/friction/seismic waves in this video at around 17:10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axLLD80Aa9I Hearing this I think: sun, cern, haarp (and who knows what else), and maybe planetary alignments (not in an astrological sense, but energy related). For people on the West Coast, please watch this one again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV8P0Lbln44

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    • sharilynne says:

      Maidservantofyaweh, thank you for your video. I live in So. California, and on 4/14 there was a major strong smell of sulfur in the West LA area. It made me nauseous. The thing I thought was earthquake. I think you are on to something like so many of the other awake people who come to this site.

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      • charlotte King says:

        NEW QUAKE 7.5 HIS ECUADOR 18 MINUTES AGO.. TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT.
        QUAKE WAS WIDELY FELT IN ECUADOR AND SURROUNDING AREAS.. COULD NOT GET NEW POST TO WORK SO I AM USING THIS LINK, SORRY SHARILYNNE I DID NOT MEAN TO TAKE OVER YOUR POST BUT DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR TSUNAMI IN TWO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES I HOPE IT WAS OK.

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  2. charlotte King says:

    I am watching HNK World Live coverage of the Japan quake early Saturday. They report there was a 6.4 and 6.5 and then the 7.3 this morning. There are many roads that have broken up, a train has been derailed, they have closed the airport in Kumamoto due to major damage. Two major shrines have sustained major damage. Many homes look like they lost their 1st floors as they were evacuating people from 2nd story windows standing on the ground. A large bridge has collapsed as well. They are expecting torrential rains tonight so they are handing out tarps and blankets and giving water to everyone. Evacuees are being shown where to go for safety and they are treating people for dialysis and other health issues… I am so impressed how they handle this kind of disaster.. reminding people if they are in distress, ask for help so someone else can help them shoulder this burden they are faced with. They are warning of landslides, aftershocks and
    weather problems. Good news the 2 reactors at the Kumamoto Perfecture appear to be stable. Their only working nuclear power plant in Kyushu is on line and working as it should. They are still concerned about a dam giving way..
    26 dead with one just announced.
    A/S continue and my experience has been 12-72 hours for the largest A/S or the main shock, obviously this was much larger than the 6.4 and it did hit between 12-72 hours as expected.

    If you have ROKU you can pick this up as well.

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  3. christopher says:

    The water table has crashed in Laos, blamed via an earthquake.

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