A series of large earthquake has occurred (and is still occurring) in South Japan.
The earthquakes so far topped out at M7.1, with swarms of M5.0 to M6.0 range “aftershocks” spreading out across the region to nearby adjacent volcanic locations.
Make note of the “line” or progression of earthquakes which shows over the past three days since the original M6.5 earthquake struck.
The movement began at the Southwest tip of the island, and has progressed Northeast, but the overall movement actually progressed from NE to SW.
Update April 16, 2016 1130am CT : Now Japanese officials have come out and confirmed that the location in question across Kyushu has moved 97cm (38 inches to the Southwest), and risen 23cm (9 inches).
The earthquakes striking multiple volcanoes along the way (as seen in this graphic below).
During this widespread swarm of large earthquakes, Mount Aso (located towards the center of all the activity) sent off a new blast.
Japanese news covered the eruption at the nearby volcano, but most international media outlets are lagging behind by at least a day in reporting events.
It is troubling to see that the whole series of earthquakes kicked off with a M6.5 near a long dormant Volcano named Kumano-Dake, then spreading Northeast to Mount Aso Volcano, then spreading further Northeast to Yufu-Tsurumi Volcano.
The spreading of earthquakes to adjacent areas was something we were watching for.
See the video report on Japan here:
The line of earthquakes across the whole interior of the South island of Japan / Kyushu is pointing towards further large movement in nearby adjacent areas in the near term.
Additionally, the threat of new volcanic eruptions coming from other nearby volcanoes is a real possibility over the next several days.