Friday, April 15, 2016

Earthquake struck Kumamoto, to kill nine

Yesterday, a strong tremor attacked Kumamoto prefecture. It was an earthquake.

The magnitude was 6.5. It has been the strongest earthquake in Japan since the earthquake and Tsunami disaster occurred in 2011.

Te Japan Times: Strongest earthquake since 2011 strikes Kumamoto area

Fortunately, this earthquake is unlikely to cause Tsunami because the source of tremor was near to the surface of the ground. Nonetheless, at least nine people were dead due to the earthquake. And, more than 390 were injured. Approximately 23,000 people had to evacuate temporally. As Kibogaoka Hospital has a risk of collapse, the inpatients are going to be moved to another hospital. Many buildings were inflicted damages as well.

Kumamoto prefecture is located in Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan, following Honshu and Hokkaido. Its population is around two million.

Japan is an earthquake-rich country. People are preparing for the disaster. However, Western Japan is considered as relatively safe. Kyushu was not damaged in 2011 disaster. Therefore, this incident is astonishing.

I pray for the victims, and am willing to make some donation to the activity for restoring the situation.

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