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Japan earthquake kills 9, more aftershocks expected next week

Speed News team | Updated on: 15 April 2016, 12:00 IST

The deadly earthquake which struck Japan on 14 April, has left at least nine people dead. The 6.2-magnitude quake struck near Ueki, the US Geological Survey said. Dozens of smaller aftershocks followed. Two deaths occurred in Mashiki, according to the Kumamoto Prefecture office said.

According to CNN, search crews are still looking for people trapped under collapsed buildings. One person died in a collapsed house, and another died in a fire caused by the quake.

Nearly 800 people were injured, 50 severely. The prefecture office said 44,449 people had evacuated.

Gen Aoki, director of the Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake division, warned more aftershocks could occur over the next week.

The quake was centered mostly under land, not an ocean, meaning it did not spawn a major tsunami.

First published: 15 April 2016, 12:00 IST
 
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