A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan at 9:26 p.m. (UTC+09:00) on Thursday, April 14. Aftershocks continued through the night of April 14-15. Kumamoto is approximately 730 miles southwest of Tokyo. Authorities report nine confirmed deaths and as many as 1,000 injured. Local authorities report no U.S. citizens among the casualties. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported several aftershocks, some of which exceeded 5.0 magnitude. Aftershocks may continue for up to a week. Heavy rains are expected in the region over the coming weekend, which may lead to landslides.
The Embassy and the Consulate in Fukuoka will continue to provide updates on the situation in Kumamoto.
U.S. citizens in the area should monitor local news reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed. Information on affected areas is available in English at the websites of the Japan Meteorological Agency.
U.S. citizens traveling or living in the affected region should consider contacting with friends and family to let them know you are safe. Any inquiries related can be directed to the Embassy in Tokyo or the Consulate in Fukuoka.
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
Tel: 03-3224-5000 (from Japan) +81 3-3224-5000 (from the U.S.)
U.S. Consulate Fukuoka
Tel: 092-751-9331 (from Japan), +81 92-751-9331 (from the U.S.)
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Japan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or the nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan.