UCF Global Perspectives


Kyushu Earthquake Ravages Southern Japan

Allison Lee, Intern, East and Southeast Asia

April 25, 2016

As of Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the death toll from the two earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in Japan last weekend has increased to 48 (CBS). The first earthquake that hit was a 6.2 magnitude, followed by a 7.3 magnitude about 27 hours later (ABC). No nuclear facilities were damaged and there were no tsunami warnings issued after the quakes (CBS). This is the largest earthquake to hit Japan since the Great East Tohoku Earthquake of 2011 that triggered a tsunami and caused the Fukushima nuclear reactor to meltdown (Japan Times).

Over 100,000 people have been left homeless or were forced to flee from their homes as aftershocks continue in the region (CBS). These people are living in cramped conditions, either in shelters or even their cars (BBC). So far, 1,454 homes have been recorded as destroyed from the earthquake (CBS). Volunteer efforts have been bolstered, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated that his administration is doing all that they can to provide vital aid for the region (BBC).







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