Japan earthquakes: Dozens killed

 

Heavy rains were expected through Sunday after Japan's Kyushu region was struck by twin earthquakes, hampering the search for survivors and forcing nervous residents into crowded evacuation centers.

At least 32 people have died in the latest Kyushu earthquake, according to Kumamoto Prefecture's disaster management office. The magnitude-7.0 quake hit early Saturday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the search for survivors amid piles of rubble as a "race against the clock," noting that bad weather had conspired with the devastating quake, its aftershocks and the threat of landslides to make a dire situation worse.
In a Sunday morning press briefing, Abe said he received an offer of help from the U.S. military but it was not urgently needed yet. Japan has deployed 25,000 self-defense forces to the rescue effort, Suga said.
At least 23 people are buried inside buildings, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
Thursday at 9:26 p.m.: 6.2-quake about 4.3 miles from the city of Ueki

Friday at 12:03 a.m.: 6.0-quake hits about 3.7 miles east of Uto.

Saturday at 1:25 a.m.: 7.0-quake hits about 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-shi.

 

Sources: Kumamoto Prefecture's disaster management office; USGS.

 

Japan quakes by the numbers

Deaths linked to Thursday's quake: 9

Deaths linked to Saturday's: 32

Total deaths: 41

Total injured: 968

Evacuated: More than 91,700

Homes destroyed: 90

Homes damaged: 775

Timeline:

The Kumamoto government has opened more than 100 evacuation centers for residents and has started handing out food, water and blankets, Yoshizumi said.
Kumamoto Castle, a famous site in Japan built in the early 17th century, is badly damaged, he said.
Vincent told CNN he had an annual pass and would visit the castle each month. He described extensive damage to a retaining wall and a turret at the castle.
"I was just devastated to see the damage," he said. "It's just all surreal. I can't really quite process it. ... It's such a shame to see ... a treasure like that, a national treasure like that fall to pieces."