Major Earthquake Strikes In Southern Japan

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 5:23 AM

The Government deploys 15.000 troops as a seven. 3-magnitude quake causes destruction and leaves 200.000 homes without power.

Major Earthquake Strikes In Southern Japan

At least eleven people are deceased and many more are feared trapped beneath rubble after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto.

NHK reported that seven hundred sixty people are being treated in hospital, while nearly 200.000 homes are without power.

The United States Geological Service (USGS) said its analysis suggested 

The quake hit at 1.26am on Saturday (local time) - barely twenty-four hours after a 6.2 quake hit the same area.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that early indications were that nearly eighty people were trapped or buried in rubble.

"We're making every effort to respond," Mr Suga said.

Despite the reports of damage, experts said there was nothing irregular reported at the three nearby nuclear power plants.

The region'south transport network suffered considerable damage, with one tunnel caved in, a hwy bridge damaged, roads blocked by landslips and train and air services halted.

There are some reports of fires sweeping through traditional wooden buildings.

Hundreds of patients have been evacuated from a hospital in Kumamoto over fears it could collapse.

NHK also reported fears a nearby dam could collapse, forcing the evacuation of residents in the surrounding area.

A series of aftershocks of between 5.8 and 4.7 were later felt. 

The Japanese Meteorological Agency initially issued a tsunami alert but later lifted it.

Seven hours after the quake a tiny eruption occurred at Mount Aso in southern Japan, with smoke rising about one hundred metres.

At minimum nine people died and around eight hundred others were injured when the previous tremor hit about 9.26pm (local time) on Thursday.

It led to thousands of people spending the night in shelters or below canvas, where they'd have been when the latest quake struck.

Three of those who died lost their lives in Kumamoto - a city of 730.000 people.

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