I've read msn news about a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck southern Japan last night at 9:26 p.m. (1226 GMT) It has been reported that the center of the shock was Mashiki Town, 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Kumamoto city and at least 19 houses collapsed, and hundreds of calls came in reporting building damage.
According to Seismological Society of Japan, average numbers of felt earthquake happen in Japan are 1,000 to 2,000 times a year. That's a lot of earthquake. But in 2011, numbers of felt earthquake were 10,681 times (average 30 times a day!). This means so many multiple aftershocks happened after the big quake and aftershocks are still happening there in southern Japan.
My prayer and sympathy to the victims of this quake, especially to the people of Mashiki Town which is known as hometown of many Japanese-American here on Kauai. If your ancestors are from Kumamoto and you need help to get more information, please let me know. I am willing to help you.