6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern Japan

Southern Japan has been hit with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. The Meteorological Agency in Japan states that it centered in Mashiki, Kumamoto at 9:26pm local time.

So far, there have been no casualties and authorities do not believe a tsunami will follow. There has been some damage to buildings, some of them collapsing. Reports from Nishihara state that a rattling was felt for about 30 seconds, growing violently during that time.

There have been aftershocks, according to Kasumi Nakamura, an eyewitness in Nishihara. He also told local news that everything fell to the floor, while other eyewitnesses say that they saw buildings shake. the City Hall in Uki lost its windows and had some cabinets fall during the earthquake.

Some of the train services have currently been suspended. People have taken to social media where possible to let friends and family members know that they are safe.

This is the strongest earthquake Japan has felt since 2011. Some Japanese reports state that it was a Magnitude 7 earthquake, but these reports have not been confirmed.

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