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Saturday, April 16, 2016

7.3 Earthquake Shakes Japan

A 7.3 Magnitude earthquake hit the Kumamoto region in Japan early Saturday at 1:25 a.m., just 28 hours after a 6.5 Magnitude quake hit the same area killing at least nine.

Army troops and other rescuers, using military helicopters to reach some stranded at a mountain resort, as well as other areas near Kumamoto, a city of 740,000 on the southwestern island of Kyushu.

Complicating matters is a heavy rain that began falling on Saturday night. 

Kumamoto prefectural official Tajima Riho (surname first) says that more than 200 houses and other buildings had been either destroyed or damaged, and that 91,000 people had evacuated from their homes.

Beyond the nine that dies in Thursday's earthquake, local police say at least 32 others have died on Saturday. More than half off Saturday's deaths come from the town of Mashiki. About 1,300 people have been injured in the two quakes.

Saturday's stronger quake is now thought to have been the main quake, with Thursday's just the precursor. D'uh. It's the same fault line...

Image from STR.

Andrew Joseph

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