Séismes au Japon: au moins 41 morts après une série de séismes, intempéries redoutées

Un nouveau tremblement de terre dans le sud-ouest du Japon a tué au moins 41 personnes samedi, portant à 32 le nombre de morts depuis le premier séisme jeudi soir. Des dizaines d'habitants étaient pris au piège dans les décombres ou les glissements de terrain.
16 avr. 2016, 08:25
/ Màj. le 16 avr. 2016 à 17:07
Près de 80 personnes seraient coincées sous les décombres d'immeubles effondrés.

Une série de tremblements de terre survenue depuis jeudi dans le sud-ouest du Japon a fait au moins 41 morts. Les secours craignent de nouvelles secousses et l'arrivée de la pluie. Le bilan risque en outre de s'aggraver, des personnes étant enterrées vivantes sous les décombres.

Cette succession exceptionnelle de violents séismes au cours des dernières 48 heures s'est produite dans la région de Kumamoto, sur l'île de Kyushua. Elle a provoqué provoqué destructions, incendies et glissements de terrain. Au moins un millier d'habitants ont été blessés, dont 184 gravement, selon les autorités locales.

"Nous savons qu'il y ait des personnes sont sous les décombres en de nombreux endroits. La police, les pompiers et les forces d'autodéfense (nom de l'armée japonaise) font tout pour les secourir", a déclaré le porte-parole du gouvernement, Yoshihide Suga, lors d'une conférence de presse.

Agir vite

Plus de 90'000 résidents de la région ont été évacués, dont 300 riverains d'un barrage qui menace de s'effondrer. Le gouvernement a indiqué avoir préparé des vivres pour trois jours pour des dizaines de milliers de personnes hébergées dans des refuges.

"Nous devons avant tout sauver des vies. Nous devons agir vite", a ordonné le Premier ministre Shinzo Abe. Le gouvernement a décidé de dépêcher sur place 25'000 soldats et 1000 secouristes en plus des pompiers et autres intervenants locaux.

Sol fragilisé

Un pan de montagne de la région de Minami-Aso s'est notamment affaissé, emportant des maisons, coupant une autoroute et isolant environ 500 habitants. L'agence de météorologie japonaise craint de nouveaux glissements de terrain sur un sol fragilisé.

"Il a déjà commencé à pleuvoir et les précipitations comme le vent risquent de s'amplifier. Les tâches de secours vont être difficiles cette nuit mais les victimes attendent", a souligné en réunion de crise le Premier ministre.

"Environ 30 personnes sont réfugiées dans un camping, elles ont appelé les sauveteurs, mais ils n'ont pas l'air de venir, aidez-les avant que le temps ne se dégrade", a écrit sur Twitter un certain @kbbblove, disant parler au nom d'amis et de leur famille.

Plus de 100'000 foyers sont privés d'électricité, autant de gaz et des dizaines de milliers d'eau, a indiqué le ministère de l'électricité. L'essence pourrait aussi venir à manquer en raison de la difficulté par endroits de faire circuler les camions-citernes. Un hôpital de la ville de Kumamato a dû être évacué dans la nuit, et l'aéroport fermé.

Magnitude 7

Le tremblement de terre le plus fort, de magnitude 7 sur l'échelle ouverte de Richter, est survenu samedi à 01H25 locale (18h25 en Suisse vendredi) à une profondeur de 10 km seulement, d'après l'Institut de géophysique américain (USGS),

L'agence de météorologie japonaise l'a évalué à 7,3, précisant qu'il s'agissait de la principale secousse que celle de la veille (de magnitude un peu inférieure) était en fait un choc "précurseur".

Depuis le premier séisme, plus de 320 autres secousses de différentes puissances ont été enregistrées, dont 14 très puissantes, selon l'agence de météo. Les inquiétudes sont aussi alimentées par une petite éruption du volcan Aso, mais le lien avec les tremblements de terre reste incertain.

Stupeur

Des bâtiments endommagés, un pont de 200 mètres effondré, des routes fissurées voire éventrées, un sanctuaire séculaire démoli: les habitants ont constaté avec stupeur l'ampleur des dégâts.

Les transports étaient fortement perturbés et de nombreuses usines à l'arrêt pour procéder à des vérifications, dans les secteurs de l'automobile (Toyota, Nissan et Honda), de l'électronique (Sony, Fujifilm, Renesas) ou encore de l'alimentation (Yamazaki).

Aucune anomalie n'a été relevée dans la centrale nucléaire de Sendai où se trouvent les deux seuls réacteurs du Japon en service. Des journalistes, photographes et écrivains ont néanmoins écrit à la compagnie Kyushu Electric pour réclamer l'arrêt des unités de Sendai.

 

 

 

epa05263510 Rescue workers take a part in a search and rescue operation for missing residents at a massive landslide caused by a magnitude 7.3 strong earthquake on 16 April, in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. About 2,000 rescue workers from Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighter are searching for residents still missing in the mountain village.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263510 Rescue workers take a part in a search and rescue operation for missing residents at a massive landslide caused by a magnitude 7.3 strong earthquake on 16 April, in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. About 2,000 rescue workers from Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighter are searching for residents still missing in the mountain village. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05263511 Rescue workers take a part in a search and rescue operation for missing residents at a massive landslide caused by a magnitude 7.3 strong earthquake on 16 April, in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. About 2,000 rescue workers from Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighter are searching for residents still missing in the mountain village.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263511 Rescue workers take a part in a search and rescue operation for missing residents at a massive landslide caused by a magnitude 7.3 strong earthquake on 16 April, in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. About 2,000 rescue workers from Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighter are searching for residents still missing in the mountain village. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
Rescuers and a search dog check the damage around a landslide area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Rescuers and a search dog check the damage around a landslide area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) ©Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadc
Rescuers check the damage area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Rescuers check the damage area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) ©Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadc
Boys carry bedding from houses as they help cleanup a resident area damaged by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Boys carry bedding from houses as they help cleanup a resident area damaged by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) ©Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadc
Japan Self-Defense Forces members work the damage area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Self-Defense Forces members work the damage area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) ©Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadc
epa05263039 Metropolitan Police Department Special Rescue team members search for missing people in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263039 Metropolitan Police Department Special Rescue team members search for missing people in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05263055 Metropolitan Police Department Special Rescue team members search for missing people in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263055 Metropolitan Police Department Special Rescue team members search for missing people in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05263073 A bridge collapsed after a massive landslide following earthquakes, on a national highway connecting to next village in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263073 A bridge collapsed after a massive landslide following earthquakes, on a national highway connecting to next village in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05263045 Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force's members are heading for rescue operation sites in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263045 Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force's members are heading for rescue operation sites in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
Aso Bridge is seen collapsed by a powerful earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)  JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Aso Bridge is seen collapsed by a powerful earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©Kyodo News
epa05263505 A rescue dog takes a part in a massive rescue operation searching for missing residents at a massive landslide caused by a magnitude 7.3 strong earthquake on 16 April, in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. About 2,000 rescue workers from Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighter are searching for residents still missing in the mountain village.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05263505 A rescue dog takes a part in a massive rescue operation searching for missing residents at a massive landslide caused by a magnitude 7.3 strong earthquake on 16 April, in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 April 2016. At least 40 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in two strong earthquakes hitting southwestern Japan on 14 April 2016 and 16 April. The two disasters have displaced over 90,000 people regionwide, according to the Kumamoto prefecture government. About 2,000 rescue workers from Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighter are searching for residents still missing in the mountain village. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
The stonewall of Kumamoto Castle is seen damaged by earthquakes in Kumamoto city, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
The stonewall of Kumamoto Castle is seen damaged by earthquakes in Kumamoto city, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
A man uses plastic sheets to cover the rooftop of his house damaged by powerful earthquakes in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Rainfall was forecast to start pounding the area soon, threatening to further complicate the relief operation and set off more mudslides in isolated rural towns, where people were waiting to be rescued from collapsed homes. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
A man uses plastic sheets to cover the rooftop of his house damaged by powerful earthquakes in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Rainfall was forecast to start pounding the area soon, threatening to further complicate the relief operation and set off more mudslides in isolated rural towns, where people were waiting to be rescued from collapsed homes. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
College students carry blankets and foods toward a gym-turned shelter after an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
College students carry blankets and foods toward a gym-turned shelter after an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
Buildings are collapsed by a landslide caused following a powerful earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Buildings are collapsed by a landslide caused following a powerful earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
Staff of the historic Aso Shrine examine its gate collapsed by n earthquake in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Staff of the historic Aso Shrine examine its gate collapsed by n earthquake in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
Police officers conduct a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Police officers conduct a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
Police officers conduct a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Police officers conduct a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
Heavy machinery works recovery efforts of Oita Expressway damaged by a landslide following an earthquake in Yufu, Oita prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Heavy machinery works recovery efforts of Oita Expressway damaged by a landslide following an earthquake in Yufu, Oita prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
epaselect epa05260950 Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and police rescuers run through debris of collapsed houses as they head for a rescue work in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epaselect epa05260950 Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and police rescuers run through debris of collapsed houses as they head for a rescue work in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
Damaged houses sit after an earthquake in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before weather turns bad. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Damaged houses sit after an earthquake in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before weather turns bad. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
A man cycles through an area damaged by powerful earthquakes in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before the weather turns bad. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
A man cycles through an area damaged by powerful earthquakes in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before the weather turns bad. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
epa05261146 A resident walks in a street after a second earthquake hit southwestern Japan, in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Japan early 16 April has now left 19 dead and a thousand injured, in a region where a day before another powerful quake claimed ten lives. The latest quake occurred on Kyushu island's western coastal prefecture of Kumamoto, with an epicenter located about 10 kilometers deep.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05261146 A resident walks in a street after a second earthquake hit southwestern Japan, in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Japan early 16 April has now left 19 dead and a thousand injured, in a region where a day before another powerful quake claimed ten lives. The latest quake occurred on Kyushu island's western coastal prefecture of Kumamoto, with an epicenter located about 10 kilometers deep. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
A cyclist looks at a shopping arcade destroyed by the earthquake in Kumamoto city, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
A cyclist looks at a shopping arcade destroyed by the earthquake in Kumamoto city, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
Residents wrap themselves in blankets as they watch their apartment building damaged after an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Two powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before the weather turns bad. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Residents wrap themselves in blankets as they watch their apartment building damaged after an earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Two powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before the weather turns bad. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
epa05260942 An aerial view taken from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter shows a large landslide due to a strong earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016. A second strong earthquake hit Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu in early 16 April, killing at least seven people and provoking large destructions.  EPA/YOMIURI SHIMBUN JAPAN OUT
epa05260942 An aerial view taken from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter shows a large landslide due to a strong earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016. A second strong earthquake hit Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu in early 16 April, killing at least seven people and provoking large destructions. EPA/YOMIURI SHIMBUN JAPAN OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05260952 Search and rescue teams with sniffing dogs start their rescue operation through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05260952 Search and rescue teams with sniffing dogs start their rescue operation through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05260954 Search and rescue teams with sniffing dogs start their rescue operation through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05260954 Search and rescue teams with sniffing dogs start their rescue operation through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05260955 A resident walks through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05260955 A resident walks through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05260964 A couple crosses over the debris of collapsed buildings in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05260964 A couple crosses over the debris of collapsed buildings in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05260956 Residents wait for neighbors before heading to a makeshift evacuation center in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05260956 Residents wait for neighbors before heading to a makeshift evacuation center in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05260971 Residents walk through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA -- ALTERNATIVE CROP
epa05260971 Residents walk through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA -- ALTERNATIVE CROP ©KEYSTONE
A resident walks through the debris after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016.  More than 100 aftershocks from Thursday night's earthquake continued to rattle the region as businesses and residents got a fuller look at the widespread damage from the unusually strong quake, which also injured about 800 people. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
A resident walks through the debris after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016. More than 100 aftershocks from Thursday night's earthquake continued to rattle the region as businesses and residents got a fuller look at the widespread damage from the unusually strong quake, which also injured about 800 people. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
This aerial view shows damaged houses in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan,  Friday, April 15, 2016, a day after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake. More than 100 aftershocks from Thursday night's magnitude-6.5 earthquake continued to rattle the region as businesses and residents got a fuller look at the widespread damage from the unusually strong quake, which also injured about 800 people. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
This aerial view shows damaged houses in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016, a day after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake. More than 100 aftershocks from Thursday night's magnitude-6.5 earthquake continued to rattle the region as businesses and residents got a fuller look at the widespread damage from the unusually strong quake, which also injured about 800 people. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
epa05261227 A boy plays amid cracks in a road in front of his house following a second powerful earthquake, in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Japan early 16 April has now left 19 dead and a thousand injured, in a region where a day before another powerful quake claimed ten lives. The latest quake occurred on Kyushu island's western coastal prefecture of Kumamoto, with an epicenter located about 10 kilometers deep.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05261227 A boy plays amid cracks in a road in front of his house following a second powerful earthquake, in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Japan early 16 April has now left 19 dead and a thousand injured, in a region where a day before another powerful quake claimed ten lives. The latest quake occurred on Kyushu island's western coastal prefecture of Kumamoto, with an epicenter located about 10 kilometers deep. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
Vehicles sit at a parking lot damaged by an earthquake at Minamiaso in Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Muneyuki Tomari/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Vehicles sit at a parking lot damaged by an earthquake at Minamiaso in Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Muneyuki Tomari/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT ©KEYSTONE
epa05260949 Japan's Fire Department rescue workers check damaged areas through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05260949 Japan's Fire Department rescue workers check damaged areas through debris of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. At least seven people have been confirmed dead following a second massive earthquake hitting southwestern Japan early 16 April. Authorities have said at least nine people were killed and over 1,000 injured by the first earthquake. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05259539 A collapsed house on a street in Mashiki town, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale was registered, and intensity seven on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale, the first intensity seven since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 15 April 2016. Strong earthquakes hit southwestern Japan the evening of 14 April. Authorities said at least nine people died and over 1,000 were injured by the earthquake, now named the Kumamoto Earthquake. Eight of the nine victims were reported in the town of Mashiki.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05259539 A collapsed house on a street in Mashiki town, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale was registered, and intensity seven on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale, the first intensity seven since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 15 April 2016. Strong earthquakes hit southwestern Japan the evening of 14 April. Authorities said at least nine people died and over 1,000 were injured by the earthquake, now named the Kumamoto Earthquake. Eight of the nine victims were reported in the town of Mashiki. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
epa05259554 Tsugio Araki, 67-year-old sign maker, walks past his collapsed house in Mashiki town, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale was registered, and intensity seven on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale, the first intensity seven since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 15 April 2016. Strong earthquakes hit southwestern Japan the evening of 14 April. Authorities said at least nine people died and over 1,000 were injured by the earthquake, now named the Kumamoto Earthquake. Eight of the nine victims were reported in the town of Mashiki.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
epa05259554 Tsugio Araki, 67-year-old sign maker, walks past his collapsed house in Mashiki town, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale was registered, and intensity seven on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale, the first intensity seven since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 15 April 2016. Strong earthquakes hit southwestern Japan the evening of 14 April. Authorities said at least nine people died and over 1,000 were injured by the earthquake, now named the Kumamoto Earthquake. Eight of the nine victims were reported in the town of Mashiki. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ©KEYSTONE
Police rescue team members search through damaged houses to check possibility of trapped people in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016. Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
Police rescue team members search through damaged houses to check possibility of trapped people in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016. Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) ©KEYSTONE
Police officers run in front of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016.   Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
Police officers run in front of collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016. Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) ©KEYSTONE