Kumamoto Earthquake, Japan
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The Magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 twin earthquakes that struck Japanís southern Kyushu Island on April 14 and 16 caused major damage and numerous casualties. The hypocenter was very shallow, 10 kilometers, along the right-lateral strike slip Futagawa Fault that goes directly through the city of Kumamoto. The shallow depth contributed to the severity of the shaking and damage. Japan is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. We remember the 2011 magnitude 9.0 Tohoku and its accompanying devastating tsunami. The perspective view, looking towards the Aso volcanic caldera, indicates the epicenter with a red star. The image was acquired April 20, 2016 and is located at 32.8 degrees north latitude, 130.7 degrees east longitude.
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Please give credit for these images to:
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team