Japan’s Kumamoto again struck with a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the scale. This happened in the early hours of Saturday which had shaken Japan than the earlier one which occurred Thursday which had forced thousands of residents to evacuate. On Saturday, there was a tsunami warning as per the reports but it was soon lifted.
In the span of just two days approximately 19 people were confirmed to death in when the earthquake was hit for the second time, about 9 people were killed when the first earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 6.5 on the scale on Thursday. On Saturday, the Kyushu region was hit at approximately in the early hours 1.30am local time which caused landslides and more damage in that region. Saturday’s earthquake released 22 times more energy compared to the earthquake on Thursday as per the U.S . Geological Survey. This was the second strongest earthquake after the earthquake that hit japan in the year 2011. Since Thursday night, about 40,000 people were evacuated from homes on Kumamoto region. Reports also state that more than 440 people were injured in effected area.
To inspect damage and rescue operations in the effected areas following Thursday’s earthquake, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo was about to visit Kyushu on Saturday but his trip was canceled as per the reports. Defence Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters that about 20,000 soldiers will be in rescue for rescue operations in the effected regions.