The Quake That Devastated Kumamoto
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Posted 4/16/16 , edited 4/16/16
I'm sure you may have heard, and if not you'll get to learn about it now. Starting on Thursday Japan was hit by a 6.4M earthquake (that the Japanese Meteorological Agency has stated was around 6.9-7.0) in Kumamoto. The area hit the worst was Mashiki Town inside Kumamoto. Houses were destroyed, buildings crumbled, streets caved and cracked. The people picked themselves up.

A little over 24 hours later, the same area in Kumamoto City was hit by another strong quake, more devastating than the first. It was ranked 7.4 by the JMA. Landslides in Minami Aso caused a lot of damage. More people lost their livelihood and their homes in one fell sweep. Kumamoto Castle crumbles, a structure that was originally built in the 1400s--one of the oldest turret towers that they were able to leave mostly as-is aside from some stability stands literally because part of the structure did not fail. But the tremors continue, and the city is continuously hit with after shocks that range 3.0-6.0 on the JMA scale.

Many of you may not know this, but I spent nearly half a decade of my life in Kumamoto living and working there. I am safe in the USA, but my friends are fighting right now back in Kumamoto. They're staying at high school shelters, getting their food from volunteers and donators, as well as the Japan National Guard. They get their water from scheduled times when water is available (water for the city has been shut down). Some of my friends and loved ones there I have not been able to get in touch with and I know a few friends whose homes have been completely destroyed.

What I am getting at is this: from this side of the world we are physically helpless. But we can help in other ways. Any google search will show you exactly what hell they are going through right now, with tremors and aftershocks occurring every 30 minutes or so. The fear that another big one is on the way.

Can you help? Yes. You can go here and donate: http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support/

You don;t have to give much. Even a dollar would help -- that's rice in someone's belly. That's a shingle to place on someone's home. That's something to help fix the damage. Please help Kumamoto. Please help my friends.

Videos with links (Sorry, they're in Japanese):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjkQhNrYjc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcamvHc5skg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFA2UxmqKis

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Kerensa wrote:

I'm sure you may have heard, and if not you'll get to learn about it now. Starting on Thursday Japan was hit by a 6.4M earthquake (that the Japanese Meteorological Agency has stated was around 6.9-7.0) in Kumamoto. The area hit the worst was Mashiki Town inside Kumamoto. Houses were destroyed, buildings crumbled, streets caved and cracked. The people picked themselves up.

A little over 24 hours later, the same area in Kumamoto City was hit by another strong quake, more devastating than the first. It was ranked 7.4 by the JMA. Landslides in Minami Aso caused a lot of damage. More people lost their livelihood and their homes in one fell sweep. Kumamoto Castle crumbles, a structure that was originally built in the 1400s--one of the oldest turret towers that they were able to leave mostly as-is aside from some stability stands literally because part of the structure did not fail. But the tremors continue, and the city is continuously hit with after shocks that range 3.0-6.0 on the JMA scale.

Many of you may not know this, but I spent nearly half a decade of my life in Kumamoto living and working there. I am safe in the USA, but my friends are fighting right now back in Kumamoto. They're staying at high school shelters, getting their food from volunteers and donators, as well as the Japan National Guard. They get their water from scheduled times when water is available (water for the city has been shut down). Some of my friends and loved ones there I have not been able to get in touch with and I know a few friends whose homes have been completely destroyed.

What I am getting at is this: from this side of the world we are physically helpless. But we can help in other ways. Any google search will show you exactly what hell they are going through right now, with tremors and aftershocks occurring every 30 minutes or so. The fear that another big one is on the way.

Can you help? Yes. You can go here and donate: http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support/

You don;t have to give much. Even a dollar would help -- that's rice in someone's belly. That's a shingle to place on someone's home. That's something to help fix the damage. Please help Kumamoto. Please help my friends.

Videos with links (Sorry, they're in Japanese):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjkQhNrYjc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcamvHc5skg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFA2UxmqKis



Oh my god I had no idea! Thanks for the info kerensa! I'm going to sticky this.
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Kerensa wrote:

I'm sure you may have heard, and if not you'll get to learn about it now. Starting on Thursday Japan was hit by a 6.4M earthquake (that the Japanese Meteorological Agency has stated was around 6.9-7.0) in Kumamoto. The area hit the worst was Mashiki Town inside Kumamoto. Houses were destroyed, buildings crumbled, streets caved and cracked. The people picked themselves up.

A little over 24 hours later, the same area in Kumamoto City was hit by another strong quake, more devastating than the first. It was ranked 7.4 by the JMA. Landslides in Minami Aso caused a lot of damage. More people lost their livelihood and their homes in one fell sweep. Kumamoto Castle crumbles, a structure that was originally built in the 1400s--one of the oldest turret towers that they were able to leave mostly as-is aside from some stability stands literally because part of the structure did not fail. But the tremors continue, and the city is continuously hit with after shocks that range 3.0-6.0 on the JMA scale.

Many of you may not know this, but I spent nearly half a decade of my life in Kumamoto living and working there. I am safe in the USA, but my friends are fighting right now back in Kumamoto. They're staying at high school shelters, getting their food from volunteers and donators, as well as the Japan National Guard. They get their water from scheduled times when water is available (water for the city has been shut down). Some of my friends and loved ones there I have not been able to get in touch with and I know a few friends whose homes have been completely destroyed.

What I am getting at is this: from this side of the world we are physically helpless. But we can help in other ways. Any google search will show you exactly what hell they are going through right now, with tremors and aftershocks occurring every 30 minutes or so. The fear that another big one is on the way.

Can you help? Yes. You can go here and donate: http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support/

You don;t have to give much. Even a dollar would help -- that's rice in someone's belly. That's a shingle to place on someone's home. That's something to help fix the damage. Please help Kumamoto. Please help my friends.

Videos with links (Sorry, they're in Japanese):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjkQhNrYjc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcamvHc5skg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFA2UxmqKis



Thank you so much for posting this Kerena. Supporting your friends and certainly those in Kumamoto is something that I think most of us can agree is something of enormous importance. I wish that I could physically be there to help as many people as I can in Japan. I am sure that it pains most of us that many of us can not do that. As compensation, although it does not nearly equate to me physically being there, I will be more than willing to donate, and would suggest all heroes to donate out of the compassion and kindness of your hearts. How can we be heroes when we only help those closest to us? So please family, even if you have no financial power, a simple prayer to your God, gods, or goddesses, or no god would be of great help.
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UPDATE!!

Kumamoto and Aso still continue to be shook my earthquakes. It's now been a little over two weeks and the general area has felt more than 1000 earthquakes and tremors following the big earthquake. There are still many ways that you can help! The Japanese Red Cross does ask that you do not send food or items to them, rather they would prefer you donate funding to the cause so they can provide the food. Please understand that this is to insure that the funding is spread out and does not go to one location and that he food is actually good to serve to the people.

Again I implore you! Even if you cannot donate much -- a dollar would help someone. A dollar would put a bowl of rice in the hands of someone who needs it. Would put a blanket on the shoulders of someone who lost their home. It would put a bottle of water in someone's hand to help give them strength. Yes, Kumamoto is rebuilding and is doing better and better every day however as these quakes continue they continue to wear away at the strength and foundation of buildings. Architects are now worrying that thousands of homes are now becoming inhospitable to live in and will either need to be rebuilt or mended in some way.

Homes aside: Kumamoto Castle also needs your support. This structure has been very damaged. Because Japan takes great pride in their historical monuments, any attempt to restore will take years. 5-20 years depending on the damage. Restoration cannot take place until the aftershocks stop, and they won't know how much needs to be restored (aside from the very visible collapse of a few of the buildings). It's hard to believe that just over a year ago I made my last walk through of the building being shown at the 50 second mark.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Pi2IRwhxM

So what can you do? You can still donate to the Japan Red Cross. There are also other things you can do to donate and still get something in return. For example LINE has created stickers that you can purchase for .99 cents which will go to the Japan Red Cross to fund efforts for the people of Kumamoto Prefecture who need it. Most American cellphone companies -- Verizon for example -- also allow you to text to them to donate to Kumamoto. The default is 5-10 dollars and will show on your next bill.

My friend, Micaela, also has a donation page that she has created where she will give the money directly to the earthquake relief group on site to help everyone who needs it. You can find more information here along with a video she's provided:
https://www.generosity.com/volunteer-fundraising/2016-kumamoto-earthquake-relief-fund


Line Stickers:
https://store.line.me/stickershop/product/6324/en

To donate via any US Mobile device:
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kumamoto-japan-earthquake-relief-fund/donate/

An article with a list of other ways to donate:
https://hubjapan.io/articles/how-to-donate-and-help-victims-of-2016-earthquake-in-kumamoto-japan

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me. I would love to answer all of your questions and I will do everything within my ability to help you so we can help Kumamoto. I appreciate all the views this has gotten and I understand if you are not in any situation to donate. If you are unable to donate yourself, you can still help. Spread the word. Show others this information. Ask others to help.

In closing, I leave two videos I took at Kumamoto castle during my time in Japan. This devastation makes me wish that I had taken more footage since we no longer know when the castle will be opened again... if at all.

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bxoduOcO0
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ9vnsTrMO4 DURING CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON
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