Southern Japan Hit By Second Deadly Quake After Thursday’s 6.5-Magnitude
Japan has been hit by a powerful earthquake again on Friday-Saturday night, within 24 hours of Thursday’s 6.5-magnitude quake that killed nine people and kept an 8-month-old baby girl trapped for about six hours.
A tsunami alert warning was issued immediately after the mid-night quake of 7.3-magnitude but was soon lifted. The number of deaths reported counts 19 as of now.
The US Geological Survey the fresh powerful attack released 22 times more energy than that of Thursday’s that was described as the strongest since 2011 by Japanese media.
The quake struck the Kyushu region at about 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday that triggered more damage and landslides too. About 40,000 people were evacuated.
The latest quake toppled buildings, collapsed bridges and also shredded structures into pile of debris. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said more than 23 people are buried inside the buildings.
Suga added about 20,000 self-defense forces have been deployed in the rescue operations.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has canceled his pre-scheduled visit to Kyushu after the latest quake.
There were more than a ton aftershocks on Friday and it has continued jolting Saturday too in the southern Japan. However, there are no reports of irregularities in the nuclear power plants in the region.
Senior chief of international affairs in Kumamoto, Osamu Yoshizumi, said they thought the first quake was very big.
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