NATURAL DISASTER: PRELIMINARY 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS JAPAN


A preliminary 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan on Saturday barely 50 hours after a lesser earthquake hit the same region killing 9 people.
The quake shook the Kumamoto region and several aftershocks soon followed. Japan's Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a tsunami up to 1 meter (3 feet) high along the coast west of the epicenter in Kumamoto; the advisory was lifted less than an hour later.
There were varying reports on the number of injured. The government's chief spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said at least 860 people had been injured, 53 seriously. Kumamoto prefecture tallied 784 injured.

source:abc30

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