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Monday, April 18, 2016

US Marines Aid Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts

Amy Kluber

The U.S. Marine Corps is providing assistance to Japan after two earthquakes struck the country's island of Kyushu within two days. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck April 14, resulting in nine deaths and widespread damage. The other struck April 16 with a magnitude of 7.3 and caused at least 40 additional deaths and more damage. MV-22B Ospreys with U.S. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) arrived to provide operational airlift support for the Japanese government's relief efforts.

The MV-22B Osprey is designed as the medium-lift replacement for the Navy CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft and offers twice the speed, six times the range and three times the payload of the CH-46E, making it an ideal aircraft for providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations such as this one.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Justin A. Fisher

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