A massive earthquake rocked Western Japan Thursday evening resulting in casualties and wide spread damage. Specifically in the city of Kumamoto Kyushu where 13,000 people were forced to move to shelters overnight Thursday in to Friday while after shocks continued.
The casualty number continues to rise as rescues continue. Check this link for more up to date information and on going news reports that are much faster than we can update.
Do note even though this quake was a 6.2 (relatively small for Japan) it was shallow and in a area that typically does
not get a lot of them. So the Shindo Scale (a scale that measures how much shaking you feel ) maxed out at 7 during the initial Quake. The scale only goes from 1-7. Thus showing this was a incredible event and why so my images of collapsed buildings and cracks in the earth are being seen Friday.
Japan’s transport ministry and a railway operator say an out-of-service Shinkansen was derailed due to Thursday’s major earthquake. No one was injured.
JMA continues to warm of possible after shocks and landslides. Plus unstable buildings could still collapse in the hardest hit areas.
NO TSUNAMI THREAT has occurred with this earthquake.
THE WEATHER FORECAST
Today the weather is great for search and rescue, sunny skies prevail in the worst hit areas while temperatures climb in to the mid 20s.
By Saturday evening in to Sunday things will change though with increasing rain showers becoming heavy at times across most of Western Japan.
This of course will hamper rescue efforts but also brings the secondary threat of landslides and flooding. In the wake of massive earthquakes JMA temporary lowers heavy rain / landslide warning criteria to a lower number reflecting the unstable ground.
The rainfall should continue to through Sunday morning before tapering off leaving clearing conditions across Kyushu to start off next week.