THE QUAKE: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck at 9:26 p.m. Thursday at a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles). WHERE: The epicenter was near Kumamoto, a city of 740,000 people on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands. DEATHS AND INJURIES: Nine have been confirmed dead, and more than 800 injured, including 53 seriously. Eight of the dead were from Mashiki. DAMAGE: Widespread and still being assessed.