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Results of Damage caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Monday, April 18)

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces the results of damage caused by the earthquakes and METI’s response in the areas where METI is in charge.

Convenience stores and supermarkets

Convenience stores: 513 operating out of 593 major stores in Kumamoto Prefecture
Yesterday (April 17), these stores supplied 700,000 meals to people in Kumamoto Prefecture. Today, they continue to deliver foodstuffs, etc.

Supermarkets: 39 operating out of 57 major stores in Kumamoto Prefecture
About 70% of total stores are now open. Some of them are also conducting sales in parking lots.


Outage: About 33,800 households in Kumamoto Prefecture
Electricity supply has been recovered in certain areas, excluding Aso City, Takamori Town, Minamiaso Village and areas where landslides and collapse of houses make recovery difficult.

City gas

Outage: About 105,000 households contracting with Seibugasu Co., Ltd, around Kumamoto City
Yesterday (April 17), preparation work for recovery operations (closing gas valves) started. Operators are undertaking the operations while confirming safety.

Gas stations (service stations or SS)

578 operating out of 797 stations in Kumamoto Prefecture
As for core service stations (core SS) of gas stations, which preferentially supply petroleum to emergency vehicles, 30 are operating out of 34 designated stations in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Although petroleum has been stocked sufficiently, road damage and traffic jams are hindering the smooth delivery of petroleum to some gas stations. Efforts for delivering petroleum by tank trucks are accelerating.

Release date

April 18, 2016

Division in charge

Public Relations Office, Minister's Secretariat

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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