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Japanese troops wrap up effort in quake-hit Kumamoto

The Japan Times

KUMAMOTO – Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced Monday that the Self-Defense Forces will be pulled out of Kumamoto Prefecture, 1½ months after the area was hit by strong earthquakes. Thousands of SDF personnel were sent in to conduct search and rescue activities and to begin rebuilding after the series of quakes, including a magnitude-7.3 Nakatani's announcement came in response to a request by the Kumamoto Prefectural Government earlier Monday that the SDF personnel dealing with the disaster be withdrawn. The SDF withdrew from neighboring Oita Prefecture, which was also hit by the quakes, on April 28. They were dispatched to Kumamoto at the request of the prefectural government after the region was hit by a 6.5-magnitude quake on April 14.


Earthquake hits southern Japan

Al Jazeera

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted Japan's southern island of Kyushu on Thursday with reports of building collapses and injuries. No tsunami warning was issued, however. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 9:36 pm (12:36 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres. The quake measured the highest of 7 on Japan's intensity scale in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, 900km southwest of Tokyo, the meteorological agency said. Broadcaster NHK said more than 10 buildings had collapsed in Mashiki town, and some people were injured.


Strong quake kills 2 and injures hundreds in Japan; people are trapped in houses

Los Angeles Times

The strongest earthquake to strike Japan since 2011 shook a southern swath of the country late Thursday, killing at least two people and leaving hundreds injured, some trapped in the debris of fallen buildings. The quake, centered in southern Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture, about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, was calculated at a magnitude of 7.0 by the Japan Meteorological Agency and at 6.2 by the U.S. Geologic Survey. The greatest damage was reported in the town of Mashiki, where more than 20 homes collapsed and the two deaths occurred. The Kumamoto Prefectural Police said one person died after being trapped under debris and another in an earthquake-related fire. A third person was gravely injured and on life support, authorities said.


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.


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.