Strong Quakes Shake Japan, Myanmar, and Afghanistan
On April 14, a shallow 6.2M earthquake struck seven kilometers southwest of Ueki, Japan, on Kyushu, the most southwesterly of the country’s main islands (USGS). According to media reports, the quake caused hundreds of injuries, damaged several buildings, and left thousands of households without electricity and gas in Kumamoto Prefecture (Reuters/Kyodo News). Initial reports indicate that the town of Mashiki was the most-affected. Response operations there are ongoing due to collapsed buildings and fires.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued a “Red Pager” for the earthquake, estimating that extensive damage is probable and the disaster “likely widespread,” resulting in economic losses and shaking-related casualties. USGS estimates that more than 1.2 million people may have been exposed to strong-to-severe shaking in Kumamoto, Uto, Matsubase, Ozu, Ueki, and Tamana (USGS).
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This Week in Hazards:
- Myanmar was also struck by a strong earthquake this week. Initial assessments report that the 6.9M quake centered near Mawlaik in the Sagaing Region of central Myanmar, which struck on April 13, substantially damaged religious structures near Ka Ni Ta township, but left residences in the area unaffected (USGS, AHA Centre). The quake was felt across parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal, with damage, injuries, and deaths reported in India and Bangladesh (ReliefWeb/AHA Centre, ECHO, Reuters). As of April 14, assessments are ongoing.
- On April 10, a 6.6M earthquake struck the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan near the sparsely-populated Ashkasham village (USGS, ECHO ). Although no casualties had been reported in Afghanistan (as of April 11), neighboring Pakistan reported at least six earthquake-related deaths in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (UN OCHA/ReliefWeb, ReliefWeb, NDMA).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Fantala (South Indian Ocean)
Flood: Argentina, Uruguay, Bangladesh, United States (Louisiana, Arkansas), Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan
Winter Storm: United States (Colorado, Utah, Alaska)
Earthquake: Japan, Myanmar, Vanuatu
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, Southern Africa (Madagascar), The Americas (United States, Central)
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