At Least Nine Dead, 760 Hospitalized After Magnitude 6.5 Quake Hits Japan

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Baku, April 15, AZERTAC

At least nine people were killed in Japan when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake occurred near the city of Kumamoto in the south of the country, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Over 760 people were hospitalized after the earthquake, according to Suga.

"After the earthquake in Kumamoto 14,000 families were left without electricity," the chief cabinet secretary said, adding that 20,000 families were left without water and 6,000 families — without gas.

ABC said on Thursday that at least 19 houses collapsed and more than 780 people were injured because of the quake.

The earthquake struck to the east of Kumamoto city (the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture) on Japan’s Kyushu Island at 12:26 GMT. According to Japanese meteorologists, it was followed by over 100 aftershocks, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and one with a 5.7 magnitude.

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