Written by Tharushan Fernando
16 Apr, 2016 | 10:26 pm
After being shaken by a series of powerful earthquakes, Japan’s Kyushu region is grappling with aftershocks as emergency crews scramble to rescue survivors trapped under rubble.
The Kysushu Island is also known as the Kumomoto prefecture and on Thursday a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the area.
The epicenter of the second earthquake which struck the Kumamoto region is in this proximity and is home to around seven hundred thousand people.
Some 20,000 troops are being deployed in the operation in Kyushu region after the magnitude-7.3 quake early this morning. According to Japanese media, At least 18 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured. Dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.Roads have been damaged and big landslides have been reported over a wide area. Some 200,000 households are now without power.There are fears that forecast rain could set off more mudslides.
The Kumamoto government has opened over 100 evacuation centers for residents and have started handing out food, water and blankets.
Japan is one of the most seismically active areas on Earth, accounting for about 20% of global quakes of magnitude 6.0 or greater. Seismometers are recording some kind of event every five minutes, on average.
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