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2016 Kumamoto earthquakes
Japan Shakemap 15 April 2016.jpg
United States Geological Survey shake map for the April 16 earthquake; a maximum Mercalli intensity scale value of 8.8 was observed just east of Kumamoto City.
Magnitude 7.0 Mw
Depth 10 km
Epicenter 32°46′55.2″N 130°43′33.6″E / 32.782°N 130.726°E / 32.782; 130.726
Type Strike-slip
Areas affected Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan
Max. intensity IX (Violent)
Foreshocks 6.2Mw, April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14)
12:26:36 (UTC), 21:26:36 (JST)
Casualties

Foreshock: 9 dead, 1,108 injured
Mainshock: 41 dead, 2,021 injured

Total:50 dead, 3,129 injured

The 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes happened on April 14−16, 2016 near Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan. A foreshock of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale happened on the evening of April 14 at 21:26 Japan Standard Time. The main earthquake happened at 1:25 am JST with a magnitude of 7.0 on April 16.

A total of 48 people died in the two earthquakes. About 3,000 more were injured. There was severe damage in and around Kumamoto. Many structures including Kumamoto-Castle fell and some of them caught fire and infrastructures, especially water, electricity and gas supply are destructed. More than 44,000 people had to leave the area because of the disaster and most of them suffer hard living in shelters.


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