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Rescue Speeds up for Japanese Earthquakes Survivors
   2016-04-18 07:08:52    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Yaqi

A resident walks past a damaged road in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto prefecture in southwest Japan, on April 17, 2016. A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan early Saturday just a day after a sizable foreshock hit the region, with the number of fatalities now standing at 41 according to the latest figures on Sunday. [Photo: Xinhua]

Rescue efforts are now being intensified in Japan now that weather around the deadly earthquake zone in that country has eased up.

Helicopters are now able to access the worst-affected areas to assist in the rescue of those who might still be trapped.

The death toll from the earthquakes which hit Kumamoto Prefecture two days ago now stands at 41.

At least 32 people are confirmed dead after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture late Friday Beijing-time.

Dozens of others are still feared to be trapped under the rubble of the hundreds of collapsed buildings in the area, which is home to well over 600-thousand people.

More than 2-thousand others have been treated for various injuries.

About 250-thousand people in the area are still unable to return to their homes.

Electricity and water is still out across large areas of the quake zone.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government has accepted an offer of help from the United States.

"We have received word that it is now possible to received aid by air from the U.S. military. We are very grateful for the offer and want to coordinate our details transport needs and make it happen as soon as possible."

That quake on Friday is believed to have been the main event following a 6.4-magnitude foreshock which left 9 dead overnight on Thursday.

Strong aftershocks which had been hitting the area have been easing up somewhat today.

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