Strong quakes hit Japan, dozens injured
Nuclear plants safeReuters:
The initial quake struck 11 km (7 miles) east of the city of Kumamoto, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. It said the magnitude was 6.2 but later revised it down. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the quake registered 6.4.
The Kyodo news agency reported that around 40 people were being treated at a hospital in Kumamoto city, some of them seriously injured.
Fresh quake of magnitude 6.4 strikes south west Japan: USGS
A fresh earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck 10 km (6.6 miles) south west of Kumamoto in southern Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Thursday.
A magnitude 6 quake hit the same area earlier on Thursday.
(Reporting by Toby Chopra)
A fire also broke out in Mashiki, a town of about 34,000 people near the epicenter of the quake. NHK showed footage of firefighters tackling a blaze at a building.
Some 16,000 households in the area were without electricity and 38,000 homes had no gas supplies in Kumamoto, Japanese media reported.
At around 1503 GMT, another tremor struck the region, according to the USGS. It was initially measured at magnitude 6.4, before being revised down to 5.9. Again, there was no tsunami warning.
|Rescue workers use a stretcher to carry a man who was rescued from a collapsed house in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, April 15, 2016.|
|A shop clerk cleans broken wine bottles following an earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan on April 14, 2016.|
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