Japan earthquake: Fresh quake measuring 5.3 hits Kyushu

Japan, PTI | Updated : 18 April 2016, 06:20 PM

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Kyushu in Japan on Monday, triggering panic among the locals, reports said. There were no reports of immediate casualties in the earthquake. Two powerful earthquakes struck southern Japan on Sunday, turning the landscape into deadly cascades of mud. People were sleeping in their homes when thousands of tonnes of soils and rock crushed their houses, crashing through villages and across highways, severing transport links.

The nature fury left atleast 41 people dead and 11 injured. It was a deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Kyushu, Japan. Many people were suffocated to death as torrents of earth buried their homes. Others suffocated when torrents of earth buried their homes. From the air, the scale of the devastation becomes apparent; huge hillsides just gave way and great fissures opened up in the ground, swallowing roads, car parks and buildings.

Even where the mud did not reach, the fury of the quake wreaked ruin on the picturesque towns and villages of Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu island, an area known for its natural beauty and dominated by Mount Aso, Japan’s largest active volcano. Two historic tourist spots suffered—the 250-year-old main gate of Aso Shrine collapsed, as did a stone wall at Kumamoto castle, a stronghold that survived rebellions and attacks by warring samurai in centuries past.

Traditional-style Japanese houses were the worst hit— their delicately-curved slate roofs smashed and their wooden frames splintered. In Mashiki, homes that had been in families for generations were simply ripped apart by the violence the quake unleashed; their upper floors crashing down when cedar-wood support columns snapped.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Monday, April 18, 2016 05:30 PM
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