The Latest: Historic Aso Shrine among many damaged buildings

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 11:10 AM

m. Among the buildings destroyed in Japan'south twin earthquakes are parts of the historic Aso Shrine, a picturesque complex with a no of buildings with curved tiled roofs, some of which were flattened on the ground.

The Latest: Historic Aso Shrine among many damaged buildings

The Latest on earthquakes in Japan (all times local):

four p. m.

Among the buildings destroyed in Japan'south twin earthquakes are parts of the historic Aso Shrine, a picturesque complex with a no of buildings with curved tiled roofs, some of which were flattened on the ground.

A towering gate, known as the "cherry blossom gate" because of its grandeur particularly during spring, when cherry trees bloom, had collapsed and is totally damaged.

The shrine, more than one.700 years old, is designated an "important cultural property" by the Japanese government, and has been a favorite tourist spot in Kyushu.

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3:30 p. m.

One massive landslide from Japan'south fatal earthquakes tore open a mountainside in Minamiaso village in Kunamato Prefecture all the way from the top to a hwy below, destroying a key bridge that could slice off food and other relief transport to the worst hit area.

A trace of brown earth streamed down the hillside love a muddy river.

Another landslide gnawed at a highway, collapsing a house that fell down a ravine and smashed at the bottom. In another portion of the village, houses were left hanging precariously at the edge of a enormous hole slice open in the earth.

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2:50 p. m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed concerns about secondary disasters as the weather forecast for southwestern Kyushu is showing rain and powerful winds later Saturday.

Rainfall can set off mudslides because the soil has already been loosened by quake jitters.

Abe declare "daytime today is the huge test," for rescue efforts.

Landslides have already slice off roads and destroyed bridges, imperiling rescue and relief efforts.

At least twenty-nine people have been confirmed deceased in two powerful earthquakes that struck southern Kyushu island on Thursday evening and early Saturday, and many more are trapped underneath fallen homes.

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twelve:40 p. m.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says 1.500 people have been injured, eighty of them seriously, in twin earthquakes on southern Kyushu island.

Suga didn't mention the death toll, which local executive keep at twenty-ninth, saying the numbers are likely to rise.

He says the military will be boosted to 20.000 for rescue efforts. Police and firefighters are also being ordered to the southwestern region.

In a nationally televised news conference, Suga asked people not to panic.

He says: "Please let'south assistance each other and stay calm."

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12:30 p. m.

Japanese media are reporting the eruption of Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan located on Kyushu island where twin earthquakes killed at least twenty-nine people, buried houses and set off landslides.

That'south the first eruption in a month.

Smoke is rising about one hundred meters (three hundred twenty-eight feet) in the air, but number damage has been reported.

It'south not immediately clear if there'south a link the seismic action and the eruption.

Aso is 1.592 meters (5.223 feet) high and consists of five peaks. It'south about 1 ½ hr drive from Kumamoto Prefecture, the epicenter of the quakes.

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12 noon

A Japanese official says the death toll in the second earthquake to hit southern Kyushu island early Saturday has risen to 19.

That'south in addition to ten people killed in Thursday'south magnitude-6.5 quake.

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ten:ten a. m.

A fresh earthquake measuring 5.4 has hit southern Kyushu island on Saturday morning, following a 7.3-magnitude quake that killed at minimum six people overnight.

Kumamoto Prefectural official Tomoyuki Tanaka says the death toll is still unclear, with the fire dept reporting a higher no of at least seven.

More than four hundred people are reported injured.

Japanese TV news footage showed collapsed and flattened houses, and said people are trapped in buildings.

The Japan Meteorological Agency gave a preliminary reading of magnitude-7.3 for the temblor that struck early Saturday. A magnitude-6.5 quake struck late Thursday, killing 10 people. Aftershocks are rattling various areas in Kyushu, one of Japan'south main four islands.

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9:50 a. m.

Police in southern Japan declare the second earthquake that struck the same region in twenty-fourth hours has killed at minimum six people.

The magnitude-7.3 quake shook the Kumamoto region at 1:25 a. m. Saturday. On Thursday night, the area was hit by a magnitude-6.5 quake that left 10 deceased and more than eight hundred injured.

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