Minami-Aso after Kumamoto Earthquake

Japan is located on one of the most active earthquake belts in the world. We Japanese have small tremors so frequently that we usually don’t pay particular attention to them. But because we have had some terrible earthquakes in the past, we’ve always aware of the possibility of a major earthquake disaster in Japan. Particularly those of us who can remember the ones we’ve had have always aware of the possibility of a major earthquake disaster.

There was a major earthquake in 1923, called the Great Kanto Earthquake. It involved Tokyo and Yokohama. That earthquake measured 8.3 on the Richter scale. Since then, there have been some big earthquakes chronologically in Nagoya, Fukkui, Izu, Hokkaido, Kobe, Niigata, Iwate, Miyagi, and most recently, Kumamoto on April 14 and 16. Another major one in the Tokyo area is always a possibility. Medium scale earthquake occurred on May 16, 2016, in Kanto area. Most Japanese are likely to know what to do in case of an earthquake. But the occurence of two massive quakes of Kumamoto earthquake in quick succession in Kyushu area on April 14 and 16 were beyond expectations and unprecedented. Meteorological Agency of Japan said that the first big one was a main shock. But after 1 day, bigger one attacked. Therefore, Meteorological Agency amended that the first one was an aftershock and the seceond one was a main shock. The second earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale. Active faults were also newly found in Kumamoto city by one Associate Professor of Hiroshima University.

Terms related to earthquake 地震に関する用語 ji-shin-ni-kan-su-ru-yo-go

major quake 大きな地震 o-ki-na-ji-shin
massive earthquake 大きな地震 o-ki-na-ji-shin
strike 襲う o-so-u
in quick succession 矢継早に ya-tsu-gi-ba-ya-ni
main temblor [main shock] 本震 hon-shin
offer silent prayer 黙祷を捧げる mo-ku-to-u-wo-sa-sa-ge-ru
a moment of silence was held 黙祷が捧げられた mo-ku-to-u-ga-sa-sa-ge-ra-re-ta
mudslide [landslide] 土砂崩れ、地滑り do-sha-ku-zu-re, ji-su-be-ri
secure shelter [evacuation center] 避難所 hi-nan-jo
temporary housing [dwelling] 仮設住宅 ka-se-tsu-ju-ta-ku
evacuee 避難者 hi-nan-sha
downplay 控え目に扱う hi-ka-e-me-ni-a-tu-ka-u
1500 seismic events 1500の地震事象[地震イベント] sen-go-hya-ku-no-ji-shin-ji-sho
Meteorological Agency 気象庁 ki-sho-cho
casualties [victims] 犠牲者 gi-se-i-sha
large-scale landslide 大規模崩落 da-i-ki-bo-ho-u-ra-ku
stand at 〜 (数字が)〜である de-a-ru
combined death (震災)関連死 sin-sa-i-kan-ren-shi
remain unaccounted for 不明のままである hu-me-i-no-ma-ma-de-a-ru
be feared 危惧される ki-gu-sa-re-ru

Mt. Aso (Aso San) viewed from Minami-Aso Village

April 6 12:31

Minami Aso Village
Yomineyama on April 6, 2016, before ccurrence of Kumamoto Earthquake.

May 18 13:30

Minami Aso Village

Yomineyama on May 18, 2016. Marks of large landslide because of Kumamoto Earthquake occurred on April 16 are seen.

April 6 12:28

Minami Aso Village

Okamadoyama on April 6, 2016, before ccurrence of Kumamoto Earthquake.

May 18 13:30

Minami Aso Village
Okamadoyama (middle) and Eboshidake (left) on May 18, 2016. Marks of large landslide because of Kumamoto Earthquake occurred on April 16 are seen.

April 6 12:28


Minami Aso Village

Takadake on April 6, 2016, before ccurrence of Kumamoto Earthquake.

May 18 13:30

Minami Aso Village
Takadake on May 18, 2016. Marks of large landslide because of Kumamoto Earthquake occurred on April 16 are seen.

April 6 12:45


Minami Aso Village

Nekodake on April 6, 2016, before ccurrence of Kumamoto Earthquake.

May 18 13:30

Minami Aso Village
Nekodake on May 18, 2016. Marks of large landslide because of Kumamoto Earthquake occurred on April 16 are seen.

April 6 12:47


Isshingyo-No-Oozakura

Isshingyo-No-Oozakura (center of the photograph) viewed from Michinoeki Asobo-No-Sato Kuginoe on April 6, 2016, before ccurrence of Kumamoto Earthquake.

May 18 13:31

Minami Aso Village
Isshingyo-No-Oozakura viewed from Michinoeki Asobo-No-Sato Kuginoe on May 18, 2016 after Kumamoto Earthquake.

May 18 13:38


Cones at Michinoeki Asobo-No-Sato Kugino

We bought cones and ate at Michinoeki Asobo-No-Sato Kuginoe. Reinforcing milk feeling!

May 18 13:47

Guide plate at the wood deck of Michinoeki Asobo-No-Sato Kugino
Guide plate at the wood deck of Michinoeki Asobo-No-Sato Kugino. (From left to right:) Yomineyama, Eboshidake, Okamadoyama, Nakadake, Takadake, and Nekodake.

April 6 14:30


Mountain near Isshingyo-No-Oozakura

Surface of mountain viewed from the parking area of convenience store LAWSON near Isshingyo-No-Oozakura. Signs of landslides are seen.

May 18 14:41

Minami Aso Village viewed from Green Road
Photo (left of successive 3 photos) of Aso-San taken from Green Road on our way home. Beautiful landscape of Minami-Aso Village. From left: Yomineyama, Eboshidake and Okamadoyama.

May 18 14:41


Minami Aso Village viewed from Green Road

Photo (middle of successive 3 photos) of Aso-San taken from Green Road on our way home. Beautiful landscape of Aso-San and Minami-Aso Village.

May 18 14:41

Minami Aso Village viewed from Green Road
Photo (right of successive 3 photos) of Aso-San taken from Green Road on our way home. Takadake (middle) and Nekodake (right).




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