Japan: Earthquake forces evacuation of 40,000
April 15, Tokyo: The 6.2-magnitute earthquake in southern Japan displaced more than 40,000 people. They are now taking shelters at schools and community centres and some spending the night outside after the first quake hit around 9:30pm local time.
At least nine people have been killed and nearly 1,000 injured after the earthquake knocked down houses and destroyed roads.
The tremor struck 11km east of Kumamoto on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey, and strong aftershocks continued to shake the area around the city on Friday.
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, media reported.
One of the victims in Mashiki died after being pulled from the rubble, and the other was killed in a fire.
Footage from public broadcaster NHK showed firefighters tackling a blaze in a building in Mashiki, a town of about 34,000 people near the epicentre of the quake.
The Oslo Times