Powerful quake in Japan leaves nine dead
April 15, Tokyo: At least nine people have died and more than 250 are injured after a powerful earthquake hit southern Japan, toppling buildings and cutting power supplies.
Officials said that more people could be trapped under collapsed buildings. Thousands fled their homes and many people spent the night in the open in the town of Mashiki, near Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu.
Troops have been sent to the scene but rescue operations are being disrupted by aftershocks, officials said.A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening.
Police said that people may be trapped underneath.
The quake struck at 9:26 p.m. near Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu. There was no risk of a tsunami.
The Oslo Times