6.2 earthquake in southwestern Japan kills 9

Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016

A house collapses following the earthquake in Mashiki, near Kumamoto city, southern Japan,  early Friday, April 15, 2016.  Rescuers in southern Japan are searching for trapped residents in at least two dozen collapsed houses, after a powerful earthquake struck. (Tomoaki Ito/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

A magnitude of 6.2 earthquake struck near Ueki, Japan struck late Thursday killing at least 9 people as per the latest updates. The U.S. Geological Survey said that dozens of smaller aftershocks followed.

 

More than 1,000 people have been injured after being hit by the strong aftershocks in south-western Japan.

 

While the magnitude was much lower than that of the March 11, 2011 quake, the houses toppled leaving thousands without power however; the nuclear plants were not affected.

 

Strong aftershocks continued to shake the area around the city of Kumamoto on Friday, the morning after it was hit by the initial 6.0 magnitude quake.

 

Gen Aoki, director of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s earthquake division, warned more aftershocks could occur over the next week which means more building may collapse.

 

Although the magnitude might not seem extreme, but as many as 750,000 people felt the tremors due to the shallow depth of the quake (about 10 kilometres).

 

A shallow earthquake has more potential for damage due to its closeness to the surface.

 

 

Train services on Kyushu were temporarily halted after Thursday’s earthquake and a super fast bullet train derailed — luckily while it was empty — said Yusuke Nanri, a spokesman for operator JR Kyushu. The Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to provide aid in every possible manner and will support search-and-rescue work and help those who had fled their homes.

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