On 14 April 2016, a quake struck at 9:26 p.m. at a depth of 11 km (7 miles) near the city of Kumamoto, the Meteorological Agency said. Many aftershocks followed after that, including an intensity 6 earthquake. In the early hours of 16 April, another huge quake of magnitude 7.3 occurred (regarded as mainshock), which killed another 33 people.
Data from Caritas Japan indicate that:
Dead: 66 (including 17 indirect deaths)
Injured: 1,576 people
Evacuees: 18,017 people in 375 evacuation centers
Totally/partially destroyed buildings/houses: Approx. 54,880
Caritas Japan has also met with the Fukuoka Diocese, which Kumamoto prefecture belongs to, on 21 April.
The chancellor and the priest in charge from Fukuoka Diocese visited the affected area on 18 April and reported that:
- Huge damage to the buildings including the Church due to continuous quakes.
- The loss of life of the parishioners has not been reported.
- Part of the highway is heavily damaged, which slows down the delivery of relief items.
- Evacuees in the most affected area were forced to move again and again because of the heavy rain.
- Continuous quakes prevent people from going back home. They are already very much exhausted by living in an evacuation center or in the car.
- Some earthquake-related deaths were reported, which were caused by deep vein thrombosis and heart failure.