Kumamoto Earthquake of April, 2016


On April 14 and 16, 2016, a pair of huge 6.5 and 7.0 magnitude earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks struck Kumamoto Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. The Kumamoto quakes were followed in Ecuador by an even more powerful 7.8M quake on April 18, 2016 causing hundreds of deaths.

For those in the U.S. who wish to contribute to the relief effort in Kumamoto, please visit http://www.lionsroar.com/japan-earthquake-help/. There, you will find several links to relief organizations for Japan, as well as suggestions for sending aid to Ecuador. 

Median Tectonic Line

The Median Tectonic Line runs through the island of Kyushu and continues into Honshu. Kyushu is the island at the west end of Honshu. The red dot and the label indicate Heitate Jingu, near Mt Aso in Kumamoto. See: https://okunomichi.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/jade-tectonics-and-sacred-sites/, and http://japan-web-magazine.com/en/kumamoto/heitate-jingu.


Ring of Fire

Japan and Ecuador lie on the “Ring of Fire” zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. [Image: https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/fire.html]


Update from AAR Japan 2016.04.29

rpt1604_2035_1Thank you for your sympathy to the victims of the earthquakes in
Kumamoto starting 14th April and for your warm donation to AAR Japan.

Our Response team has arrived at Kumamoto on the following day of the
1st big quake, and provided hot-pot meal to those affected the same day.
Since then, the team is continuing relief activities on the ground.
For details of our activites, please see our English website below.

AAR Japan is a Japanese NGO with 37 years of experience and currently
operating in 16 countries. We focus on 5 areas – emergency assistance,
assistance to people with disabilities, mine action, actions against
infectious diseases, and advocacy.

Thank you again for your generous support and best regards.

Updated 2016.04.29