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Japan earthquake: 'I thought I was going to die'

Associated Press

A still shocked resident from a town in southern Japan recounted his terror the previous night as he examined the damage Friday from a powerful earthquake that brought down buildings and left nine people dead. More than 100 aftershocks from Thursday night's magnitude-6.5 earthquake continued to rattle the region as businesses and residents got a fuller look at the widespread damage from the unusually strong quake, which also injured about 800 people. The epicenter was 120 kilometers (74 miles) northeast of Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear plant, the only one operating in the country. Most of Japan's nuclear reactors remain offline following the meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima plant in 2011 after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered a huge tsunami.


2nd strong quake hits southern Japan; some reported trapped

Associated Press

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region and killed nine people. Video showed a resident, apparently rescued from underneath a collapsed house, on a stretcher being taken to a hospital by ambulance. In nearby Uto City, police reported that the City Hall building appeared to be unsafe because of damage. The epicenter was 120 kilometers (74 miles) northeast of Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear plant, the only one operating in the country.


Reports of residents trapped after magnitude 7.0 quake hits southern Japan, tsunami advisory issued - Baby pulled out from rubble as aftershocks rattle Japan following deadly earthquake

FOX News

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region and killed nine people. While it was not immediately clear whether the latest quake increased the death toll, Japanese broadcaster NHK said a number of calls were coming in from residents reporting people trapped inside houses and buildings. Video showed a resident, apparently rescued from underneath a collapsed house, on a stretcher being taken to a hospital by ambulance. The quake shook the Kumamoto region at 1:25 a.m. Saturday, and several aftershocks soon followed.


2nd strong quake hits southern Japan; some reported trapped

Associated Press

Video showed a resident, apparently rescued from underneath a collapsed house, on a stretcher being taken to a hospital by ambulance. The epicenter of Saturday's earthquake was about 12 kilometers (8 miles) northwest of Thursday's, and at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles), Saturday's quake was shallower. The epicenter was 120 kilometers (74 miles) northeast of Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear plant, the only one operating in the country. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Mashiki sits near two faults on Kyushu.


Aftershocks rattle Japan after earthquake leaves 9 dead, nearly 800 injured - VIDEO: Magnitude 6.4 quake knocks houses over

FOX News

MASHIKI, Japan – Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake that killed nine people and injured about 800. Rescue workers were combing through the wreckage in hard-hit areas to make sure there were no more trapped people, said Shotaro Sakamoto, a Kumamoto prefecture official. Concern about aftershocks was keeping many people from starting the huge task of cleaning up, police said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters the government wants to prevent any secondary disasters from aftershocks. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck at 9:26 p.m. Thursday at a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles) near Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.