Earthquake strikes in Kumamoto city, Japan and has killed at least nine killed and leaving nearly 1,000 injured after 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes 11km east of Kumamoto city. The earthquake knocked down houses and destroyed roads in the South-western Japan.
According to the US Geological Survey, the tremor struck 11 km East of Kumamoto on Thursday, and strong after-shocks continued to shake the area around the city on Friday.
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More than 40,000 people were evacuated to schools and community centres, some spending the night outside after the first quake hit around 9:30 pm local time. Roads cracked, houses crumbled and tiles fell from the roof of Kumamoto Castle in the centre of the city.
More than 3,000 troops, police and firefighters were dispatched to the area from around Japan, and Shinzo Abe, prime minister, said more would be sent if needed.
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One of the victims in Mashiki died after being pulled from the rubbles, and the other was killed in a fire.