7.0 Earthquake Hits South of Japan
On Apr. 15, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan at 2 a.m. (JST) following yesterday’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake. Both earthquakes hit the island of Kyushu in Japan, the first one near the town of Ueki in Kumamoto prefecture. In an address to parliament Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for the prioritizing of rescue and disaster relief in response to the first. The first earthquake left nine dead.
A second meeting was held after today’s earthquake between Abe and his cabinet and Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima. Among the relief plans are long-term evacuations for those whose homes have been destroyed. In addition, the government will be making an effort to provide food and blankets, medical pair, and repairs to the general infrastructure of the area.
The red highlighted area on the featured image represents the area in Japan hit by the earthquake