Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kumamoto, Japan Earthquakes 2016: At least 44 killed, 3,000 injured


A series of earthquakes in Kumamoto city of Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu region of Japan have claimed lives of at least 44 people and injured about 3,000 people.

On April 14, 2016, magnitude 6.2 foreshock rattled the region. Two days later, magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Kumamoto City.

At 01:25 JST on April 16, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake under Higashi Ward of Kumamoto City in the Kyushu Region in southwest Japan.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting at shallow depth.