A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked southern Japan on Thursday night. At least three people were killed and over 100 people treated for injuries as the quake collapsed over 20 homes.
Update: 9 people confirmed dead and thousands evacuated as dozens of aftershocks continue to hit and there are signs of possible volcanic activity nearby
The hardest hit was the town of Mashiki on the island of Kyushu. Several calls came in reporting people buried/trapped and buildings being damaged. The earthquake struck at 9:26pm near the city of Kumamoto on Kyushu. Because of the darkness of the night, the extent of the damage is still unclear.
Multiple aftershocks struck through the night hampering rescue attempts. People were evacuated from their homes and were seen wrapped outside in blankets to keep themselves warm.
Japan is no stranger to earthquakes as it has approximately 1,500 earthquakes every year. In 2011 it had the largest earthquake in Japan’s history which measured a massive 9.0 and caused a tsunami that devastated the land.
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