The Japanese Red Cross Society’s Response to the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Disaster

The response of the Japanese Red Cross Society to the earthquake disaster in the Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 is as follows:

1. The Outline of the Disaster
Occurring: 2016.04.14(Thu) 21:26 JST
The epicenter of the quake: in the Kumamoto Prefecture (32.7°N, 130.8°E)
The depth of the epicenter: 11 kilometers (Tentative)
Earthquake’s size: 6.5 Magnitude (Estimation)

2. The Situation of the Damage
Human suffering
Kumamoto Prefecture: 9 deaths, 52 severely injured,

Property Damage
To be confirmed

3. The Situation of the Evacuation Center
Kumamoto Prefecture: (19 local authorities) 375 centers (7,262 people)
Kumamoto city: 80 centers open (staying in elementary and junior high schools)
Mashiki town: No evacuee staying outdoors
(Source: Fire department as of 2016.04.15 at 15:00)

4. Japanese Red Cross Society’s Response to the Disaster

(1) Medical Emergency Team Operation
as of 2016.04.16 at 9:00 AM
Status The number of the medical emergency team
On-going Operation 5

(2) Distribution of the Relief Supplies to the Kumamoto Prefecture
4,900 blankets, 504 family emergency kits, 202 sleeping mats with pillows, and 1,000 tarpaulins (waterproof plastic sheets) have been distributed to the affected people in the evacuation centers.


Family emergency kits


Sleeping mats with pillows