Kumamoto Earthqukes

Kumamoto city is located in the Kumamoto prefecture of the Kyushu region of Japan. Kyushu is the southern most main island of Japan, and is located on the southern end of the Japan Median Tectonic Line. On April 14th, and April 16th 2016 the city of Kumamoto experienced devastating earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.2 and 7.0 respectively.

The earthquakes caused massive damage; collapsing buildings and numerous other structures before catching fire. Hundreds of calls were made reporting people buried or trapped under debris. The entire city was left without any water. Landslides destroyed The Great Aso Bridge in Minamiaso. The north-west Inui Turret and wall of Kumamoto Castle was completly destroyed. The Kyushu Shinkansen(Bullet-Train) had its service suspended after a train derailed due to the earthquake. Fearing an explosion, Saibu Gas was prompted to turn off all supplies to multiple homes in the city after a natural gas leak occurred due to the earthquakes. Sadly, devastation caused by the earthquakes took the lives of at least 72 people, while injuring approximately 3,000 others. More than 44,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes due to the disaster.

“Early estimates of the economic costs of the damage range from $5.5 billion to $7.5 billion, with insured property losses estimated to be between $800 million to $1.2 billion, according to Risk Management Solutions or between $1.7 billion to $2.9 billion, according to Guy Carpenter. Through the first half of 2016, about $3.2 billion of claims for damage to residential dwellings were paid out by insurance companies, according to data from the General Insurance Association of Japan.” (Wikipedia. com #2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes)

To learn more about the Kumamoto Earthquakes, please take a look at the following links.

The Japan Times: Links

The Japan Times: Question and Answers

JASSA: The Japan America Society of San Antonio

 

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