Japan was hit with two strong earthquakes this week. Thursday a 6.4 hit killing some and damaging many houses in the Kyushu District and it was hit early in the morning on Saturday with a 7.3 shaking. More buildings collapsed and extensive damage was done.
The earthquakes were shallow which makes them very destructive. A tsunami warning was issued but later retracted. The 7.3 quake was the most destructive in Japan since 1995 which struck Kobe, killing 6ooo people.
At least 41 people are confirmed dead. Thousands of people were injured seriously enough to need medical care and many people are believed trapped inside collapsed structures.
Aid has rushed to the sites most severely affected. Both police and military have been dispatched. They are having to deal with nearly 100 000 displaced people, injured, fires, power outages, landslides and damaged roads. Even nature seems against them as stormy weather has moved in to soak those sleeping out doors.
Coincidentally a nearby volcano had a small eruption Mount Aso. Part of the fault that slipped points toward it. Experts cannot as yet tell if they are connected.
Initial reports regarding the Sendai nuclear plant have judged it undamaged.
Japan is on the Pacific Ring of Fire which is a series of faults bordering the Pacific Plate which is moving. The movement causes volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Experts in Japan predict that even greater quakes may hit the region. Nagoya professor Yashiro Suzuki spoke about the Futagawa-Hinagu fault line and is quoted below.
“That fault is so big experts have said it could trigger a magnitude-8 earthquake,” Suzuki told The Japan Times Saturday.
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