NHK reports that the second earthquake has been measured as a 7.3, with 41 people reported dead, and over 170,000 people evacuated. How can this story not be newsworthy? The airport and port are closed and so are major roads and the bullet train:
Scale of quake damage growing. NHK April 17, 2016, http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160416_24/ The major earthquakes continuing to jolt areas in Japan's southwestern region have so far left a total of 41 people dead.Yesterday, on the front page of the print edition The Wall Street Journal ran a story "Japan's Subzero Rates Cast Chill Over Markets" (4/15/2016, A1, A7) but there was no mention of the first earthquake anywhere in the print version of the paper.
Early on Saturday, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit areas in Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu Region. It registered an intensity of 6-plus in the prefecture on Japan's seismic scale of 0-to-7...Utility services have been disrupted. Hundreds of thousands of households are without electricity, gas and tap water.
Today's WSJ print version has no mention at all of the earthquake in the front section and if there is any mention anywhere else its so buried I cannot find it.
The electronic version of the The New York Times from yesterday and today carry no mention that I can find of the earthquakes in Japan.
Today, The Washington Post has an article on "Why Mr. Obama Should Visit Hiroshima" (editorial) but like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, there is NO story on the earthquake that I can find in the electronic version delivered to my email.
I do NOT understand how two significant earthquakes in a geologically active zone with 41 people reported dead, over a hundred thousand evacuated, and an operational nuclear plant in the vicinity are not newsworthy, particularly given the risks are not over:
Seismic activity poses increasing risk. NHK, http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160416_16/
Gen Aoki, the head of the agency's earthquake and tsunami monitoring section, said the buildup in seismic activity means there's an increased risk that buildings will collapse and mudslides will occur. He called on residents to stay safe.
It is my conclusion that there is a deliberate and concerted effort to help protect Japan's economy from bad news, even during the occurrence of large earthquakes that pose the potential for catastrophic results.
I really don't know what else to say. Its really unbelievable.
My thoughts go out to the people of Kyushu region whose tribulations are being disregarded in order to perpetuate myths about the global economy.