Japan earthquakes make locals panic buy supplies until the shelves are empty

Japanese locals panic buy supplies until the shelves are empty, leaving many to queue up for food and water after two deadly earthquakes

Japanese locals panic buy supplies until the shelves are empty, leaving many to queue up for food and water after two deadly earthquakes

(SOURCE)   Images show empty supermarket shelves as Japanese locals panic buy supplies, leaving many to queue up for food and water after two deadly earthquakes.

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake early on Saturday.

The two shocks are thought to have killed at least 41 people. Both quakes happened close to the city of Kumamoto, causing huge damage to roads, bridges, tunnels, homes and buildings.

The disaster has left 410,000 homes without water and 200,000 with no power, forcing crowds of people to queue for food and water at emergency aid centres set up in the wake of the aftershocks.

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake early on Saturday. The two shocks are thought to have killed at least 41 people

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake early on Saturday. The two shocks are thought to have killed at least 41 people

The disaster has left 410,000 homes without water and 200,000 with no power, forcing crowds of people to queue for food and water at emergency aid centres set up in the wake of the aftershocks.

According to Japan Today over 196,000 people had been evacuated to shelters by Sunday morning, including about 12,000 in Oita Prefecture.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the government will do all it can to find those missing and step up relief efforts: ‘I ordered relevant ministries to ensure supplies of food, medicine and water to those who have been evacuated and spent a worrying night at shelters,’

With around 180,000 people seeking shelter, some evacuees said that food distribution was a mere two rice balls for dinner. Many shelters in Kumamoto were unable to keep up with food supplies, as shelves in stores and supermarkets remained empty of food and other items due to severed supply chains and distribution channels.

Farm Minister Hiroshi Moriyama has said his ministry will send a total of 900,000 food items to the disaster-stricken area by Tuesday, including bread, rice balls and instant noodles.

Aside from the farm ministry’s supply, Abe also pledged to deliver 700,000 food items to arrive in stores within Sunday.

Severed supply chains and distribution channels mean that supermarket shelves stand empty, after they've been picked clean by panicked shoppers

Severed supply chains and distribution channels mean that supermarket shelves stand empty, after they’ve been picked clean by panicked shoppers

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