The Kumamoto Earthquake

CODE has endeavoured to provide full support to, and work together with our partner organisation, the NGO Collaboration Centre for Hanshin Quake Rehabilitation. It is our mission to transmit the latest information about the Kumamoto earthquake to the world, and we would like you to spread the information in your country.

According to our correspondent, approximately 2,000 vehicles have been parked in a car park in Mashiki-machi, where almost 6,000 people have been spending many nights away from home since the earthquake. The main reason is that they fear aftershocks. While some claimed that they would be unable to sleep in emergency shelters, others were concerned about their infant’s crying in the shelter. Consequently, many people have now begun to suffer Economy Class Syndrome, and some of them were reported to have died because of this.

The Center has been giving out the information about Economy Class Syndrome with local volunteers, as well as organising shelters and providing makeshift tents.

Your understanding and assistance are very much appreciated.

Masamichi Yoshitsubaki
Secretary General, CODE

This news was translated by Yoshiko Fujiki who is a volunteer of CODE.

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Updating: News about 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

CODE has endeavoured to provide full support to, and work together with our partner organization, the NGO Collaboration Centre for Hanshin Quake Rehabilitation.

The Centre dispatched their staff to the disaster stricken area yesterday and began emergency rescue operation. Approximately 240,000 people were urged to evacuate the area amid growing fears of heavy rain that could bring landslides and further damage.

Saturday’s magnitude-7.3 quake struck at 01:25 close to the city of Kumamoto, which had been hit by a magnitude-6.4 quake on Thursday night. Aftershocks continue to occur along the Oita-Kumamoto Tectonic Line (extension of Japan Median Tectonic Line: Japan’s longest fault system).

We will continue to provide updated information about the Kumamoto Earthquake, in Japanese, English and Mandarin Chinese. We are currently gathering the information about the Ecuador Earthquake, and will transmit the news to the world as soon as we can.

Masamichi Yoshitsubaki
Secretary General, CODE

The situation of damage (as of 17th April 2016, 9:30 am)
* Number of deaths: 41 (Kumamoto Prefecture)
* Number of injuries: 1,600
* Number of evacuees: 98,000 (686 emergency shelters in Kumamoto), 5046 (Oita Prefecture)
* Number of damaged buildings and houses: 936
* Areas of evacuation order: Minamiaso Mura, Nishihara Mura
* Areas of evacuation advisory: 17 municipalities, including Yashiro City, Uki City, Aso City
(approximately 240,000 residents)

Condolences from the world

Taiwan (the Republic of China)
Condolence messages: Ma Ying-jeou (President of the Republic of China), Tsai Ing-wen (President-elect of the Republic of China) and the Mayor of Taipei City. Donations: 64,000,000 yen from the government of Taiwan, 3,400,000 yen from Democratic Progressive Party, 650,000 yen from the Mayor of Kaohsiung City (twin city of Kumamoto City) as well as opening accounts for donation.

Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, has expressed condolences to Japan and the government of Thailand has offered support.

The South Korean government has decided to dispatch disaster relief teams to support Korean residents in Japan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed condolences and has decided to provide assistance to Japan.

The French government has expressed condolences to Japan.

The Ukrainian government has expressed condolences to Japan.

The government of the People’s Republic of China has expressed condolences to Japan.

The government of Malaysia has expressed condolences to Japan.

“I pray for those who suffered due to the earthquakes.” (Pope Francis)

“We offer our condolences for those affected by the earthquakes in Kumamoto. The U.S. government is ready to offer support, if and when needed.” (Spokesperson Marrie Schaefer)

“Saddened to hear news from Kumamoto. My thoughts are with all those affected in Japan and we will do all we can to help.” (British Prime Minister David Cameron)

We would greatly appreciate your support for Japan.

★Yubin Furikae (through Japan Bank counter servie)
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Branch number: 119
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The Kumamoto Earthquake

On 14th April 2016, a powerful earthquake hit southern Japan, Mashiki town near Kumamoto City on the island of Kyushu. No Tsunami warning was issued after the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the town. It has been reported that at least 9 people have died and 778 people are injured, 44 of which are left in critical condition. It has been estimated that more than 44,000 are evacuated from their homes. Officials are assessing the extent of the damage.

CODE endeavours to provide support to, and work together with our partner organization, the NGO Collaboration Centre for Hanshin Quake Rehabilitation. We dispatched our staff to the disaster stricken area last night, and in addition, some more volunteer members are heading to the area.

The area is densely packed with buildings and houses, and our utmost concern is for the welfare and well-being of the older people, as the weather forecast predicts that the weather may deteriorate rapidly.

Mashiki resident said that he was absolutely frightened as he could not comprehend the situation in the pitch-dark night. A 70-old-man said, “Buildings were violently shaking during the quake, and I was so scared of the aftershocks that I could not sleep at all.

Kumamoto EQ Irast

Japan Median Tectonic Line (MTL) is Japan’s longest fault system. The MTL begins near Ibaraki Prefecture where it connects with the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line (ISTL) and the Fossa Magna. It runs parallel to Japan’s volcanic arc, passing through central Honshu to near Nagoya, through Mikawa Bay, then through the Inland Sea from the Kii Cannel and Naruto Strait to Shikoku along the Sadamisaki Peninsula and the Bungo Channel and Hoyo to Kyushu. The intensity 7 was felt in the town of Mashiki, where the Futagawa and Hinagu faults meet.

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Branch number: 099
Account number: 0330579 (Checking account)

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