An earthquake of 7.0 moment magnitude occurred at 01:25 JST,[a] April 16, 2016, around the city of Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, Japan, at a depth of about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). This was preceded by a foreshock earthquake of magnitude 6.2 at 21:26 JST[b] on April 14, 2016, at a depth of about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi).
Collectively, the earthquakes killed at least 12 people and injured approximately 1,400 others. Severe damage occurred in and around Kumamoto, with numerous structures collapsing or catching fire. More than 44,000 people evacuated from the region due to the disaster.
At Least 4 Dead After 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan