Sign: Earthquakes (6.9m)
Scripture: Matthew 24:7
News Source: UPI
Powerful earthquake kills at least 2, topples buildings in Japan
By Allen Cone | Updated April 14, 2016 at 1:57 PM
KUMAMOTO, Japan, April 14 (UPI) — A powerful preliminary
6.2-magnitude earthquake Thursday on southern Japan’s Kumamoto
prefecture on Kyushu Island killed at least two people and is the
first high-intensity quake since a magnitude-9.0 temblor five years
ago, the U.S. Geological Surey said.
In the town of Mashiki in Kumamoto Prefecture, local authorities
reported two deaths.
More than 200 people were being treated for injuries at three
hospitals in Kumamoto City, hospital officials said. More than 20
homes have collapsed and several people are trapped under debris.
The earthquake struck at 9:26 p.m. local time. A major aftershock
struck the same region at 10:07 p.m., logging an intensity of
6.0-magnitude on the Japanese scale, the Japanese weather agency said.
Weaker aftershocks followed and no tsunami warnings were issued.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the damage was still being
assessed but several homes collapsed. Nearby nuclear facilities were
not affected, Suga said.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological
Survey reported. The quake’s epicenter was 4.3 miles southwest of Ueki
and 385 miles south-southeast of Seoul, South Korea.
JR Kyushu suspended all operations on the Kyushu Shinkansen Line after
Kyushu Electric Power Co. reported no abnormalities in its Sendai
nuclear plant in the Kagoshima Prefecture.
Shikoku Electric Power Co. said its Ikata nuclear plant, which has
been idled, sustained no damage from the latest quake.
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan,
unleashing a tsunami.
Four years after the quake, about 230,000 people who lost their homes
were still living in temporary housing, Japan’s Reconstruction Agency
said. More than 16,000 people were killed and 2,500 remain missing.
The total damage from the earthquake and tsunami are estimated at $300
billion, according to the Japanese government.