At 1:25 AM local time on April 16, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern city of Kumamoto-shi, Japan. The earthquake comes just one day after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the area along with several strong aftershocks. Though casualty figures are not yet available, initial reports indicate additional collapsed structures in Kumamoto following the earthquake. Nine people were killed and more than 800 injured in the previous day's earthquake. Some 44,000 people were also evacuated.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern city of Kumamoto-shi. The earthquake, which struck at 1:25 AM local time on April 16, comes just one day after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the area along with several strong aftershocks. Casualty figures are not yet available, but nine were killed, more than 800 injured, and approximately 44,000 evacuated in the 6.2-magnitude quake. Post-earthquake needs are a primary concern and assessments will continue to reveal the impacts of the quakes.
International Medical Corps is deploying members of its emergency response team to Japan to assess the damage and most urgent needs following the earthquake. The experts deployed to Japan will join members from International Medical Corps' office in Tokyo. Together, the team will work in support of the Government of Japan and local organizations to assess the situation as a result of the earthquake and deliver any needed assistance. We thank you for your support to help us immediately respond.
International Medical Corps was on the ground 48 hours after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. We worked with local partners following the earthquake and tsunami to deliver critical humanitarian services and build self-reliance. International Medical Corps' approach to help people help themselves is critical to ensure a long-term impact in the communities we serve. We will do all this and more to help the survivors of this most recent earthquake recover.