Earthquakes Shake Japan

Thousands seek shelter after devastating twin quakes.

Isabella Beaupré

Feature Writer at RYSE
Isabella Beaupré is a Milwaukee-based writer and artist working to organize against oppression and fight for race, gender and class justice.

Twin earthquakes have devastated southern Japan this weekend, the second less than 24 hours after the first. The quakes hit 6.2 and 7.0 on the Richter scale, respectively. Aftershocks continue to damage structures and roads. According to residents, there have about 165 so far.

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There are at least 34 deaths and 970 injuries reported at this point. Many others say the shaking was very intense and that they feared for their lives. Shelters are filled with survivors, half of whom have lost their homes, half of whom are afraid to go home for the threat of more aftershocks.

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The disaster area is a remote mountainous region, making it difficult for rescue teams to locate all survivors. Despite this, thousands upon thousands have sought shelter and rescue facilities since Friday, and the number is expected to grow as more people find their way out of destroyed villages and neighborhoods.   



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