national

Strong quake hits Kyushu region, collapsing walls, houses

48 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.


48 Comments
Login to comment

That was one of the scariest experiences of my life. Still getting aftershocks....

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Stay safe everyone

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Holy Cow ! Any volcanoes near you? I just switched the box on in Tokyo and saw the news. Hope you're OK mate.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

From the TV camera images at the time the quake hit, as seen on nhk now worldwide channel, the shaking was extremely strong. The quake struck shallow just ten miles deep so surface seimic waves, as nhk webcam caught as they rolled in to nhk studio newsroom in Kumamoto, were massive. When sun rises on Friday...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

A very nice place with wonderful people. Kyushu stay safe and strong.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Wow. Happening pretty late in the evening. That shaking looked intense on the TV.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I felt the earhquake in Hiroshima! Must have been strong in Kumamoto...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Shaken up in Fukuoka a couple times tonight. I need to go to sleep though. Im staying fully dressed through the night just in case though

0 ( +2 / -2 )

It was 10 kms deep, not miles. Another one of 4.2 just happened 4 minutes ago at the time of writing. Initial shock wave hit Yamaguchi at just M3.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Really, but that's not an active fault because they have nuclear reactors built there, right? The whole damn country is an active fault! I'm glad nobody was injured.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Most of Japanese TV stations including NHK Educational Television are now reporting breaking news about this big one. Stay safe everyone.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Shindo 7 must be extremely shaky.

I couldn't believe the 2011 earthquake was only a Shindo 5+ in Tokyo as it shook like hell.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Still getting a few aftershocks down here in Yatsushiro........ have to change my undies again.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I never seen so many aftershocks being reported. I thought they were repeating the same message, until I saw the revision of the new time. It's very scary in Western part of Japan. I'm worried about Mt. Aso near Kumamoto. It's an active volcano, and I have many friends in that region.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I couldn't believe the 2011 earthquake was only a Shindo 5+ in Tokyo as it shook like hell.

Tell me about it. I was at Narita airport when THE big one struck. Had to sleep in the terminal for that night. All those aftershocks throughout the night was what really got to me. Not the initial tremor.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Looks especially bad in Masuki-machi with a number of people trapped by collapsed buildings, some fires.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

That earthquake was so violent! I was in my office near Kurume and the shaking was off the charts. Haven't been through anything that violent since the 1971 Los Angeles quake that was about 6.7 magnitude, this one was around 6.0-6.4. I was a little kid, but something like that you just never forget. Lot of damage, but the main thing is, no one I know was hurt, that's the main thing, everything else can be replaced.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Rubble in the streets, collapsed buildings, fires.

If past quakes are anything to go by, daylight will reveal much more damage, and casualties. Stay safe if you're in Kumamoto.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It's very scary in Western part of Japan.

No it isn't....we rarely get earthquakes in this area. Compared to other areas of the nation, it's one of the safest.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Sending love and prayers from Philadelphia. Moved with my family to Yatsushiro in 1959 as a child and my parents lived there until I was almost out of high school. Relieved to see that so far no casualties from this quake.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Four so far, and if there have been so many in such a short time, I suspect more aftershocks (or quakes) to come. Please be careful, people, and stay safe.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Don't worry about Aftershocks, scary as they feel. In fact, they mean the main quake is over, and the extra energy being released by the fault means you don't have to fear any more big shakes. Not for 25 years in Kumamoto.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Sorry for my typo, it is especially bad in Mashiki-machi.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

No it isn't....we rarely get earthquakes in this area. Compared to other areas of the nation, it's one of the safest.

No it isn't. There are a large number of active faults in central Kyushu because the Japan Median Tectonic Line runs straight through there. Just because there haven't been any large quakes there in recent years means nothing in tectonic terms. Anywhere along the Median Tectonic Line has the the potential to produce large quakes.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It is something to read rheae from Los Angeles and see your reactions. Stay safe. My lovely Yufuin and Beppu and All of Kyushu I hope it isnt too bad. I remember my Tokyo earth quake experiences scared the heck out of me. Not fun

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Another 6+ just now. Very scary.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Heart felt wishes for a safe outcome for the people of Kyushu.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I would say ignore Danny Bloom's very irresponsible advice to not worry about aftershocks. As Cleo just pointed out, they just had a Shindo 6+ one. Aftershocks can bring down already weakened buildings, cause ruptures of gas lines and water pipes and such to worsen, etc etc and can cause injury and death. To ignore the dangers of aftershocks is highly foolish. To anyone in the area please exercise great caution and stay safe.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Take care, all. Looks like you had another 6.4 a little while ago, and though it wasn't as high on the Japanese scale this time, it was enough to shake things up. Be well, and stay safe.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Educator60 is right. A Tokyo university seismologist just said because of its makeup that area is susceptible to more aftershocks than other areas.

There are also foreshocks that precede larger quakes. It is impossible to tell them apart. The only thing you can do is be prepared.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My heart is with you, Japan.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Apologies. I was trying to downplay danger of Aftershocks. I was just trying to offer some potentially soothing and optimistic notes about the usual experience with Aftershocks. But my timing was off, especially for those living in the area. My apologies.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Kyushu, my old stomping grounds. Everyone sounds pretty shaken up right now based on the Facebook messages. Glad I didn't have to endure that.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Three deaths confirmed in Mashiki, two buried under collapsed house, one in a fire. Constant aftershocks continuing.

Yes, Danny Bloom, the long term results of aftershocks are good, but they present real danger in the immediate situation. Thanks for apologizing.

There are many injuries and many evacuated. More and more such info is coming in now and after dawn much more of the extent of this will be known. In the meantime it promises to be a long night for a lot of people.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Don't worry about Aftershocks, scary as they feel.

Aftershocks are actually the most dangerous.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Even after 5 am, and they are still getting strong aftershocks. Just wow. I can't imagine it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

RIP to those tragically killed and my deepest thoughts with all those that have been affected by this latest earthquake.

Stay safe everyone, and remember to be ready for whenever the next one will hit. Preparation will play a key factor in whether you escape unharmed or not.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

KariHarukaAPR. 15, 2016 - 05:50AM JST RIP to those tragically killed and my deepest thoughts with all those that have been affected by this latest earthquake.

Erm... I think you're mistaken - as far as I can ascertain, no-one died.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Don in Japan, 2 deaths confirmed. Check BBC news site

0 ( +0 / -0 )

don-in-japanAPR. 15, 2016 - 06:06AM JST Erm... I think you're mistaken - as far as I can ascertain, no-one died.

From the NHK reporting there has now been 9 confirmed deaths, with a further 900 injured. Whether that number will go out we won't know till the rescue services complete their searches in day lit conditions.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Danny BloomAPR. 15, 2016 - 06:22AM JST Don in Japan, 2 deaths confirmed. Check BBC news site

Yup... pretty much as soon as I hit 'submit' on that, news started coming in on deaths.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

9 Deaths now from what I heard. That is terrible

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No it isn't....we rarely get earthquakes in this area. Compared to other areas of the nation, it's one of the safest.

They may be relatively rare, but they tend to be whoppers!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My condolences to those who have suffered in this earthquake. I hope the worst is over.

I'd be glad of advice though. I'm travelling through Japan with my elderly mother at the moment and am headed for Nagasaki and Kitakyushu in less than a week. We have no experience with earthquakes, and are quite concerned about being on the same island. Is it safe to travel to other parts of Kyushu?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

AnizaDAPR. 15, 2016 - 09:40AM JST My condolences to those who have suffered in this earthquake. I hope the worst is over. I'd be glad of advice though. I'm travelling through Japan with my elderly mother at the moment and am headed for Nagasaki and Kitakyushu in less than a week. We have no experience with earthquakes, and are quite concerned about being on the same island. Is it safe to travel to other parts of Kyushu?

Besides tremors from the initial earthquake, Nagasaki & Kitakyushu (to my knowledge) haven't suffered damage, and if they have it hasn't been reported in the media. Expect aftershocks for the next week or so though, but these will mainly be concentrated around the Kumamoto area. I have the Yurekuru app and areas such as Nagasaki have only faced intensities of 1&2 on the Shindo Scale, and that is at the very low end of the scale. You can find out more info on the Shindo Scale here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Meteorological_Agency_seismic_intensity_scale

So keep to your travel plans but as with any area of Japan, assert a level of precaution and be prepared in the event of a earthquake! Also make sure that you read your hotels procedures for earthquakes. You can usually find the booklet that contains this information near the door to your room or in the dressing table with all the other booklets.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Thank you for the advisory, KariHaruka. However, after experiencing a magnitude 3 shake all the way in Hiroshima last night, we have decided that it is too frightening for us to visit Kyushu just now. God willing, we will come again when things are more stable. I pray that Nature will be gentler with Japan.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

After the second (and even stronger) earthquake I would certainly agree that it is wise to stay awake from the Kyushu area for now. Not only due to the strong tremors that are still being experienced, but also because of just how bad transportation will be in the area. Trains are currently out of operation in Kumamoto & Oita prefectures, and many buses aren't running in the Kumamoto area either. You can find more information regarding the travel situation here though http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0035.html

I wish you and you're mother all the best though and that you both stay safe during the rest of your travels!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites