Previous reports said that at least 832 people were killed in the disaster. On Friday, the powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and was followed by two 5.8-magnitude tremors. A 6.5-feet tsunami struck the city of Palu and the Donggala area in Central Sulawesi Province shortly afterward. © NASATwo Killed, Over 100 Injured as Typhoon Trami Hits Japan's Mainland - ReportsThe Straits Times newspaper reported citing the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) that about 16,700 people have been displaced as a result of the disaster, while about 2.4 million people in Palu and Donggala will need humanitarian aid. The authorities of South Korea have pledged to allocate humanitarian assistance worth $1 million to Indonesia to support the country after the disaster. The European Commission has also released an initial $1.7 million … [Read more...] about Death Toll From Indonesia’s Earthquake, Tsunami Exceeds 1,200 People
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THE people of Japan are no strangers to natural disasters, with hundreds and thousands of having been killed by quakes and tsunamis over the past century. From the notorious Tohoku earthquake which sparked the Fukushima nuclear disaster to the monstrous Great Kanto quake of 1923, here is our list of some of Japan's deadliest quakes. Japan's deadliest earthquakes Great Kanto earthquake, 1923 Japan's worst ever earthquake was never actually its largest. On September 1, 1923 a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Kanto plain on the island of Honshu. The shaking lasted around ten minutes and devastated the city of Tokyo, which was then home to around two million people. It also caused widespread damage throughout the Kanto region. Around 142,800 people were killed - making this quake one of the deadliest of all time. Genroku earthquake, 1703 The Genroku earthquake of 1703 measured 8.0 in magnitude, but the accompanying tsunami managed to kill more than 108,000 people. Genroku refers to the … [Read more...] about Japan earthquakes – from Sichuan in 2008 to the Tohoku quake and tsunami in 2011 – a history of disaster
AT least seven people died as an earthquake triggered devastating mudslides in northern Japan. More than five million residents were left without electricity following the powerful early morning quake in Hokkaido. Where is Hokkaido? Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan, and the largest and most northerly of its 47 prefectures, or regional government areas. It is slightly smaller than the island of Ireland, and has a population of around 5.4million. The largest city is Sapporo, home to just under two million people. Hokkaido is separated from Honshu, the Main Island, by the Tsugaru Strait, and connected by a railway that runs 14.5 miles under the sea through the Seikan Tunnel. Like much of Japan, Hokkaido is a seismic danger zone on the Pacific Ring Of Fire with at least six active volcanoes on the island. It is prone to earthquakes. In 2003 a powerful megathrust quake of 8.3 magnitude truck offshore, destroying roads, triggering landslips and injuring 800 people. In 1993, a … [Read more...] about Japan earthquake – where is Hokkaido, what magnitude was the quake and how many people were killed?
A powerful earthquake has rocked Japan’s northern-most main island of Hokkaido, triggering landslides that crushed homes and knocking out power.The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern Hokkaido at 3.08am local time at the depth of 24 miles, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre was east of the city of Tomakomai but the shaking buckled roads and damaged homes in Hokkaido’s prefectural capital of Sapporo, with a population of 1.9 million.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that two people had been confirmed dead. He did not give details.The Japanese national broadcaster NHK, citing its own tally, reported that 125 people were injured and nearly 40 are feared missing. Hokkaido’s local disaster agency put the number of injured at 48.Several people were reported missing in the nearby town of Atsuma, where a massive landslide engulfed homes in an avalanche of soil, rocks and timber.Reconstruction Minister Jiro Akama told … [Read more...] about Two dead as Japan earthquake causes landslides and blackouts
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.6 left residents trapped inside their homes as a landslide blocked roads, engulfed buildings and led to widespread power cuts on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido in the early hours of Thursday. A landslide along a long ridge in the rural town of Atsumi could be seen in aerial footage from the public broadcaster NHK. About 10 people had been taken to hospital with injuries, one of them serious, it said. So far there have been no reports of fatalities. The quake, which struck at 3.08 am local time did not pose a tsunami risk, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. The US Geological Survey said it had struck around 68 km (42 miles) south-east of Sapporo, Hokkaido’s main city. Prime minister Shinzo Abe told reporters his government had set up a command centre to coordinate relief and rescue. Saving lives was the top priority, he said. The Tomari nuclear power station, shut since shortly after a massive 2011 earthquake, reported no … [Read more...] about Japan earthquake: landslide traps residents in homes