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Published on Apr 14, 2016
Strong quakes rock Kumamoto
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are warning people to be on the alert for aftershocks following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rattled Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Thursday.
The officials say the quake struck at around 9:26 PM local time. The focus was at a depth of 11 kilometers.
An intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 was felt in Mashiki Town in the prefecture.
Some areas in the prefecture and neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture registered intensities of up to 6 minus.
No tsunami alert was issued after the quake. Meteorological Agency instruments did not detect any tsunami.
Agency officials say they have observed tremors with intensities of 3 and above, believed to be aftershocks, in Kumamoto.
At 0:03 AM on Friday, a jolt with a magnitude of 6.4 rocked Kumamoto. The focus was 10 kilometers deep. Intensities of up to 6 plus were recorded in the prefecture.
The officials are warning that aftershocks with intensities of up to 6 minus could occur for about a week.

About 13,000 taking shelter in Kumamoto Prefecture
About 13,000 people are at evacuation sites in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto after Thursday's major earthquake.
As of 3 AM on Friday, nearly 2,000 people were taking shelter at facilities or outdoor in the town of Mashiki, where the quake registered an intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7. Some 900 of them are staying at a welfare center.
In other parts of the prefecture, around 11,500 people have gone to at least 200 evacuation sites.

Thursday's quake strongest since 2011
Japan's Meteorological Agency says Thursday's earthquake, which registered an intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale of zero to 7, was the first since the massive March 2011 earthquake to have that intensity.
Officials also say it was the first time intensities of 5-plus or above were recorded in Kumamoto Prefecture since a quake on October 5th, 2011. An intensity of 5-plus in Kikuchi City was associated with the magnitude 4.5 quake.

Scientists warn of strong aftershocks
Scientists at Japan's Meteorological Agency warn of relatively strong aftershocks that are expected to occur during the next several days.
Gen Aoki of the agency said at a news conference on Thursday night that people in stricken areas should be prepared for the possible collapse of buildings and landslides. He added the aftershocks could have intensities of up to 6-minus on the Japanese scale.
He also said the agency believes Thursday's quake occurred near a fault that caused major earthquakes several times in the past.
As for Mount Aso, a volcano near the epicenter, agency officials say instruments haven't detected any change in its activity after the earthquake.
Published on Apr 14, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Powerful earthquake strikes south Japan, leaving 45 injured amid fears of survivors being trapped in rubble

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening, and police said people may be trapped underneath.

Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital said it has admitted or treated 45 people, including five with serious injuries.
Published on Apr 14, 2016
JAPAN EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: A powerful earthquake battered southern Japan on Thursday, causing some damage.

The quake registered the highest level of 7 on the Japanese seismic scale in Kumamoto City, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There no immediate reports of deaths or injuries. But Kyodo News Service reported that at least 10 homes had collapsed and that police said they received emergency calls about people trapped under collapsed homes.

It was the first reported quake with an intensity level of 7 since the massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

The quake struck at 9:26 p.m. local time and originated at a depth of about 6.2 miles, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the Associated Press reported.
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