The magnitude-6.5 foreshock at 9:26 p.m. on April 14 and the magnitude-7.3 main shock at 1:25 a.m. on April 16 have caused great damages in Kumamoto Prefecture as well as in neighboring Oita Prefecture. Even though there are fewer aftershocks now, the surviving residents are still spending sleepless nights in uncertainty.
Conditions as of April 30
A series of earthquakes and aftershocks has hit Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu Island in Japan including the 6.5 magnitude tremor at 9:26 p.m. (GMT+9) on 14 April and the 7.3 magnitude at 1:25 a.m. on 16 April. Aftershocks still continue to hit Kumamoto and neighboring Prefectures in Kyushu.
Situation as of 18 April
The earthquakes caused 40 deaths and injured over 1,500 people – 183,882 people are displaced on 17 April. Of the 45 municipalities in Kumamoto Prefecture, 12 were severely affected (more than 1,000 people displaced for each).
Concrete outcome of coordination effort in Miyagi
Japan Platform becomes a key actor of four-party meeting (Govt. Disaster Response HQ, Pref. Disaster Response HQ, Self Defense Force and Pref. Disaster Volunteer Centre -Pref. Social Welfare Councils/NGOs/NPOs) and tripartite meeting at municipality level. As a result, JPF has been undertaking various coordination activities such as public-private cooperative activities, coordination of matching beneficiary needs with donor supplies and service providers, coordination of sectoral support and local level activities.
JPF has tackled the following undertakings since March 11 th :
JPF began providing grant funding to member NGOs, matching aid supplies and service providers with on-the-spot needs, conducting coordination per sector, and carrying out coordination of aid activities in the municipalities.
Highlights / Key Priorities
The death toll from the 11 March earthquake/tsunami and aftershocks has exceeded 15,000.
The Government announced a roadmap for the next three months recovery phase aiming to close the most of evacuation centres by the end of August.
The Government and TEPCO are likely to review its roadmap that seeks to put the reactors under control within six to nine months due to the larger-than-expected damages inflicted by the disaster.