JAPAN SHAKEN BY SEVERAL CATASTROPHIES
Japan has endured over 100-plus earthquakes since it was shaken by one such major event on Thursday, April 14, 2016, when a 6.2M struck at 2126 hours. Located 4.3 miles of Ueki and near the City of Kumamoto caused quite a bit of damage and up to nine deaths related to the earthquakes.
Several smaller quakes in the range of 4.3-5.9 continued several times a day on a daily basis. A second quake of 6.0M that has not been much covered by media or other agencies that occurred 3.7 miles East of Uto, Japan. The third and most destructive, as well as deadliest was a 7.0M that appeared as a major catastrophic quake with its epicenter 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi on Saturday around 0125 Hours.
At the first glance, initial reports released said there were an additional 32 deaths on Saturday bringing the total to 41 killed.
The PM Office of Japan released a formal statement regarding the status of its infrastructure, search and rescue operations and many other significant events unfolding during their disaster recovery operations.
Approximately, 100,000 have been without power, while 105,000 residents are without gas and a total of 420,000 are without water. The Government reported they have been handing out water and other disaster supplies to residents. They were working diligently to get the basic water supply up and running again.
As of yesterday, the Japanese government reported 35 deaths confirmed and 190 have been severely injured. Those with minor injuries were said to be just over 800 people. Personnel from the government military forces, Coast Guard, police and fire agencies were said to be mainly focusing on the Village of Minamiaso due to reports of those trapped under many buildings, structures and homes.
Mount Aso was reportedly have erupted due to the second quake. No word other than its eruption has been reported so we are assuming it is not as critical as the main City which is the home to over 730,000 residents.
While Japan was working on Search and rescue missions all over their City, Ecuador was shaken by a very large Earthquake bringing to light many more injuries and deaths occurring.
ECUADOR GETS A RUDE AWAKENING
On the evening of April 16, 2016, a 7.8M earthquake violently shook Ecuador’s coastal town of Esmeraldas province.
The depth of the quake was recorded at a shallow distance of 19.2km but residents reported it as being a violent motion of shaking.
A tsunami warning immediately followed stating that tidal waves may reach 0.3 – 1 meter above tidal wave levels on the Country’s coastline. An alert was also issued for Hawaii (U.S.) PSTC and for Australia’s ATWC as well. No reports of large tsunami damaging waves in either three locations listed.
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A State of Emergency has been issued by the Government. Reports of roads being badly damaged, bridges collapsing and the water supply being greatly affected. This earthquake has been listed as one of the worst quakes since the last one in 1979.
Those working or living in buildings over 100 miles away in other Cities reported feeling them shake. No known reports of injuries occurred have been received. The death toll in Ecuador has reached 246 with two being from Quebec, Canada. Over 1550 have been injured.
Incident Cooperators are from Samaritans Purse, UNICEF providing water kits and tents, WorldVision, Ecuadorian Red Cross that has over 800 volunteers and staff on the ground providing health teams, hospital units, psychological support and first aid; hundreds are in SAR operations mode; 10,000 Ecuadorian military troops and 3500 Police Officers. The Red Cross in Spain and Peru are on standby if needed to assist the Ecuadorian Red Cross along with Mercy Corps.
AFTERSHOCKS TO CONTINUE
Expectations of additional aftershocks are normal, says the U.S.G.S. These can occur hours, days and weeks after the main earthquake. Aftershocks can cause additional building damage and falling debris that can seriously injure you. Both Countries are reporting a range of aftershocks occurring sometimes mutliple times during each day and on a daily basis.
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