Japan is still reeling after two main earthquakes on April 14 and 16 — sizes 6. 5 and 7.3 respectively — hit the Kumamoto prefecture in quick succession on the countries of the south island of Kyushu. It’s the most devastating natural disaster the two countries has learnt since the quake and tsunami that impressed Japan in March 2011, leaving 22,000 beings dead and missing.
Forty-eight beings were killed and the other 263 people were injured in this month’s earthquakes and in their aftermath, according to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office. There was significant damage to Kumamoto’s infrastructure: 1, 527 houses were destroyed.
The photos below were taken in Mashiki — one of the cities punched the hardest — a week after the quake.
The walls inside the town hall were cracked. The central gymnasium was off-limits, its spaces still shattered. Most of private buildings around had kept severe damage.
The town conducted an emergency risk survey shortly after the second earthquake hit on April 17, and categorized 209 builds( 62.6 percent of the full amounts of the constructing capital) to be “dangerous, ” according to Japanese daily newspaper Nishinippon.
Officials have warned that the unfolding aftershocks — smaller shakes that follow the central quake — may cause additional damage to the dampened constructs. It would therefore is very dangerous to inaugurate redevelopments on wrecked structures.
The authorities have focused on evacuating parties in the Kumamoto and Oita prefectures. Approximately 50, 000 parties are now living in as many as 500 departure shelters, Bloomberg reports.
Residents of the quake-hit Mashiki town feel stuck. The beauty salon that 63 year-old Yoko Yoshimoto ran has collapsed, and her residence has kept significant damage. She is currently living with all seven members of her family in one of the available shelters.
“I’ve lost my house and my work. Right now, I am grateful merely to be able to lie down, and to be able to get out of the rain and wind, ” Yoshimoto articulated, smiling and dining curry supplied by relief workers in the square opposite the town hall.
Even residents who haven’t lost their residences find it hard to look ahead. Mii Tomomura, 37, worries that aftershocks could collapse her house. Her household has get some sleep in her auto. Like Tomomura, many people are opting to spend the nighttimes in their vehicles, either out of panic of being indoors, or to avoid the lack of privacy and crowdedness in removal shelters.
Her daughter’s institution was closed in the aftermath of the quake, and it is unclear when it will reopen. “She has exams this year, and was looking forward to her school’s athletics festival in May. I don’t know what to do, ” she said.
This post initially appeared on HuffPost Japan and has been translated into English .
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