29 killed, 1,500+ injured in Japan Earthquakes (Photos)


Dozens of Japanese civilians have been impacted by two consecutive earthquakes with a death toll reaching 29 people. The search for survivors is in full effect while 70,000 people have been forced to relocate from their homes.

Japans' initial shake came from a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu on Thursday, and has led to over 200 aftershocks in Japan, and officials are warning that the risk of a stronger aftershock will continue for about a week.

It was only 24 hours later that a intense 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the same areas; the Japan Meteorological Agency briefly issued tsunami warnings for the recovering areas from Thursday's tragical shakes.

The first quake injured more than 850 people, and killed nine, after the second quake the toll rose to 29 deaths, and over 1,500 people all in all injured, and over 70,000 have been forced to leave their homes, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

“We are aware of multiple locations where people have been buried alive,” Suga said. “Police, firefighters and Self Defense Force personnel are doing all they can to rescue them.”

The earthquakes have left about 170,000 household without electricity and about 385,000 without water.

Local residents look at cracks caused by an earthquake on a road in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Local residents look at cracks caused by an earthquake on a road in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Landslide site caused by an earthquake is seen in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Landslide site caused by an earthquake is seen in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

A damaged building caused by an earthquake is seen in Kumamoto, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

A damaged building caused by an earthquake is seen in Kumamoto, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Police officers check a collapsed house after an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Police officers check a collapsed house after an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Romon gate (bottom R), designated as a nationally important cultural property, and other buildings damaged by an earthquake are seen at Aso Shrine in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

Romon gate (bottom R), designated as a nationally important cultural property, and other buildings damaged by an earthquake are seen at Aso Shrine in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016. © Reuters

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