On Thursday, April 14 at 9:26 PM, a 6.4 earthquake hit Kumamoto, with its epicenter in Mashiki Town. Aftershocks from the initial earthquake lasted throughout the night and into the next day. There have been reports of damage across the prefecture, mainly centered in Mashiki and Kumamoto City. There was no tsunami risk reported with the earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks.
At the moment, there is still a chance for further aftershocks of strong intensity, so please remain aware for the time being.
- In regards to if you have to go to school today, please confirm with your tantosha and/or schools directly. There is a PDF available from the Pref Board of Education about school closings/delays here (in Japanese):http://kyouiku.higo.ed.jp/
page/pub/default.phtml?p_id= 7759. However, you may still be expected to go in, depending on the school, so please confirm if you are expected to be at your school or another location if your school is closed today for classes.
- Please take some time this morning to confirm your nearest evacuation center. If you also need a reminder on the number for emergency services, it is 119 for fire and ambulance, 110 for the police.
- If you need a reminder on what do in case an earthquake occurs, please refer to these tips from the Sendai City website (in English): http://www.city.sendai.jp/
- There is also a good disaster preparation guide that Tokyo made for its residents. You can find it (in English) here:http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/
- As of reports this morning, nine people passed away (7 in Mashiki and 2 in Kumamoto City) and around 700 people were injured. Japan Self-Defense Forces have been deployed to help with displaced residents and recovery operations.
- For technical information on the earthquake and aftershocks, you can visit the Japan Meteorlogical Agency here: (in English) http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/
- The IC is closed between Nankan and Ebino, including all the side exits off the main expressway. You can check this map for updates on condition (in Japanese): http://ihighway.jp/pc/map/map.
html?area_id=area_09. Black indicates the road is closed, while green means the road is closed in one direction.
- JR has suspended almost all of its trains running in Kumamoto. The Kyushu Shinkansen is not running at the moment. You can check JR Kyushu for updates (in Japanese): http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/
- Some flights are running out of Kumamoto Airport but delays are common.
- Other closures for today:
Aeon Mall Kumamoto (CLAIR)
Aeon Mall Uki
Youme Town Hamasen
There are reports of closures of some branches of Youme Mart, Sunlive, and Marushoku.
- Here is a list of emergency water supply locations in Kumamoto City (in Japanese): http://www.city.kumamoto.jp/hpkiji/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=5&type=top&id=12502