Kumamoto Earthquake

April 17-22: First days of search effort

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Metropolitan Police Department officers inspect the muddy ground to determine whether search operations can resume at 9:21 a.m. on April 22.

Police check conditions around damaged houses to ensure the safety of search operations in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, at 9:27 a.m. on April 22.

Two brothers, center, crouch on the ground as they watch the search for their missing father in the Minami-Aso vacation-home area at 5:34 p.m. on April 19.

A search-and-rescue dog seeks signs of life at a mud-covered house in Minami-Aso at 6:34 p.m. on April 18.

Self-Defense Forces personnel remove debris as they search for missing persons near vacation homes damaged by the landslide at 8:18 a.m. on April 18.

Police check damaged and destroyed houses one by one for signs of missing persons at 10:23 a.m. on April 17 in Mashiki.

A police officer checks for possible trapped residents by yelling into a collapsed house at 9:55 a.m. on April 17 in Mashiki.

Even in the dark, police officers and Self-Defense Forces personnel continue the search for missing people at a log cabin buried beneath the mud in Minami-Aso at 7:29 p.m. on April 18.

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