Third earthquake hits Japanese island where at least 16 are dead

Published: Saturday 16th April 2016 by The News Editor

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A third earthquake has hit a region in southern Japan, where at least 16 people have been killed since late on Thursday.

The latest earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 hit southern Kyushu island at around 10am local time on Saturday morning.

It followed a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the Kumamoto region at 1.25am local time on Saturday, while on Thursday night, the area was hit by a magnitude-6.5 quake that left 10 dead and more than 800 injured.

The authorities say the second earthquake had killed at least six people, although Kumamoto Prefectural official Tomoyuki Tanaka said the death toll was still unclear, with the fire department reporting a higher number of at least seven.

More than 400 people are reported injured.

Japanese TV news footage showed collapsed and flattened houses, and said people are trapped in buildings.

Aftershocks are rattling various areas in Kyushu, one of Japan’s main four islands.

Published: Saturday 16th April 2016 by The News Editor

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