Humanity Road - Japan Earthquake Special Regional Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published



On 15 April 2016 at 16:25:06 (UTC), 16 April, 01:25 (JST), a magnitude 7.3 earthquake was reported on the island of Kyushu in Japan (source). This quake followed a series of multiple quakes, the largest of which was a 6.2 on the 14 April. More than 680 aftershocks have hit Kyushu island. More than 89 have registered at magnitude 4 or more on Japan’s intensity scale, strong enough to shake buildings (source). 5,500 homes have been partially or completely damaged, and an estimated 93,000 people are staying in 732 evacuation centres in Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures (source). You can visit our full report online.

This regional report lists some general information websites and reports, including some information for people with pets. It also lists information for the most impacted areas found in social media. Information is in Japanese and English as available. Our Situation Report No. 1, 16 April (English) and Situation Report No. 2, 17 April (English and Japanese) can be found on our website: Kumamoto Earthquake


21 April: ● More assistance is needed for the elderly, people with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions, and people who are are living in their cars. (source) Assistance is also needed at shelters that are not designated as “official” shelters by the government.
● Blood clots are becoming a health problem for people living in their cars and in cramped evacuation centers. (source)
● 16 medical facilities are partially operating but lack water and/or gas. 8 facilities are closed due to structural damage. Over 190 medical teams, including 11 teams specializing in mental health services, are operating on the ground. Additional teams from other prefectures are being deployed or are on standby. (source)
● Volunteer centers are being established to coordinate volunteers. (source)
● 33,000 households in Kumamoto, Oita and Miyazaki are still without water and 97,000 households in Kumamato without gas. (source)
● The Japanese Self Defense Force and the U.S. Marines are continuing to coordinate to provide relief supplies to the Kumamoto region. 65,000 pounds of food, water, and other supplies have been delivered. (source)
● Food, water, and supplies are needed urgently at an elderly housing facility in Kikuchi. (source)
● Help is needed at shelters in Mashiki, including Mashiki central elementary school (source), for people living in their cars at the exhibition hall (source), and at the Mashiki Sports Center (source).
● The Uto Elementary School needs relief supplies. (source)