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|Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:19 pm Post subject: Japan earthquakes: Dozens killed, region 'swaying every hour
|After a series of powerful earthquakes hit Japan, emergency crews are scrambling to rescue survivors trapped in rubble as aftershocks sway Kyushu region
At least 32 people died in the latest Kyushu earthquake, according to Kumamoto Prefecture's disaster management office. The magnitude-7.0 quake hit early Saturday local time.
Two days earlier, a 6.2. quake rattled the area, killing nine people. The combined death toll is at 41. Both earthquakes left 968 people injured, according to the disaster management office.
The latest and most powerful earthquake struck near the city of Kumamoto. It toppled buildings, collapsed bridges and shredded structures into piles of debris.
At least 23 people are buried inside buildings, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
Residents were already reeling from the effects of the earthquake that hit Thursday near Ueki city, just 15 kilometers away.