6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan – Killing at least 3

6.5 Earthquake Hits Japan

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked southern Japan on Thursday night. At least three people were killed and over 100 people treated for injuries as the quake collapsed over 20 homes.

Update: 9 people confirmed dead and thousands evacuated as dozens of aftershocks continue to hit and there are signs of possible volcanic activity nearby

Injured person

Courtesy Associated Press

The hardest hit was the town of Mashiki on the island of Kyushu. Several calls came in reporting people buried/trapped and buildings being damaged. The earthquake struck at 9:26pm near the city of Kumamoto on Kyushu. Because of the darkness of the night, the extent of the damage is still unclear.

People outside

Courtesy Associated Press

Multiple aftershocks struck through the night hampering rescue attempts. People were evacuated from their homes and were seen wrapped outside in blankets to keep themselves warm.

Japan is no stranger to earthquakes as it has approximately 1,500 earthquakes every year. In 2011 it had the largest earthquake in Japan’s history which measured a massive 9.0 and caused a tsunami that devastated the land.

To help, you can donate to the Japanese Red Cross or Association for Aid and Relief, Japan

Japanese Red CrossAssociation for Aid and Relief, Japan



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  1. Lynn

    Thanks so much for providing a site dedicated to earthquakes. They impact so much of the world and we can always learn more about them.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      No problem Lynn! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Trista Quackenboss

    Wow, I’m sorry to all those affected. I’m glad you’ve got a site for this. Is there a place on here where you have donations set up for relief fund to people after earthquakes? Great site, lots of information. I like the prepardness kits.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      That’s a great suggestion! I will look into that and try to apply it to my site.


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