Southern Japan hit by major earthquake for second day in a row

KUMAMOTO, Japan, April 15 (UPI) — A powerful earthquake rocked southern Japan on Friday for the second day in a row, in the same region where a quake hit on Thursday, killing nine people.

The new quake struck near Kumamoto on the island of Kyusha with a magnitude of 7.0, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Some news reports said it had a magnitude of 7.4.

The latest footage from Kumamoto in Japan, where a 7.4-magnitude earthquake has hit— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 15, 2016

A tsunami warning was also issued, but has since been lifted.

Injuries or damage weren’t immediately clear after the new earthquake.

Friday’s quake is the second major tremor to hit the area in as many days. A 6.2 magnitude quake struck the same island Thursday, killing 9 people and injuring hundreds more.


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