At least nine people have been confirmed deadand more than 900 injured in the magnitude 6-point-5 quake that centered on the islandof Kyushu, one of Japan’s four main islands, Thursday night.
Japan's Meterological agency says.
although it did not produce a tsunami, more than 100aftershocks have been rattling the region.
Our Hwang Ho-jun has a wrap up of the strongestquake to hit Japan since March 2011.
An earthquake with a magnitude of six-point-five, intense enough to do serious damage on urbanareas, ripped through the city of Kumamoto in southern Japan around 9:26 p.
This was the strongest since the magnitude-nineearthquake of March 2011 that led to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
The quake was so powerful that it was even felt in southeastern parts of the Korean peninsula,including the city of Busan.
As of Friday evening, four men and five womenhave been confirmed dead with at least 900 injured.
More than 44-thousand people have evacuated to schools and community centers after theinitial impact.
Scores of aftershocks have been continuing.
Hampering the city's efforts to save those trapped under the rubble.
The largest aftershock, shortly after midnight was measured at a preliminary magnitude ofsix-point-four.
Although a day has passed since the city wasshaken to its foundations, the rescue of an eight-month-old baby girl has given hope tocrew members, who are determined to press on in their rescue mission.
Japan's Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warnings are in effect.
But they advise caution saying that strong aftershocks will remain for about a week.
Korea's foreign ministry is looking into whether there are Korean nationals affected by thelatest quake, but said there hasn't been any reported cases of Korean casualties.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.