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9 Confirmed Dead after Strong Quakes Hit Kumamoto, Southwest Japan
   2016-04-15 09:06:37    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Yaqi

Photo taken on Thursday, April 14, 2016 shows the post-quake street in Kumamto, Japan. [Photo: CFP]

Nine people are confirmed dead and over 100 people have been taken to hospital after several strong earthquakes hit southwestern Japan.

The tremors struck Kumamoto Prefecture late on Thursday and early Friday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has revised its estimation for the first quake from 6.4 magnitude to 6.5.

The quake was logged at a level 7 on the Japan seismic intensity scale, the first quake to register at this level since the devastating earthquake in March 2011.

The quake's epicentre struck at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Strong aftershocks, including two measuring 5.7 at around 10:07 p.m. Thursday and 6.4 magnitude at 12:08 am Friday local time, have continued to jolt the area.

Japanese government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga says the authorities have set up a special task force to gather information on injuries and damage.


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