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9 killed 800 injured in strong earthquake in Japan


Nine confirmed dead in M6.5 quake in southwestern JapanAt least nine people died and 860 others were injured after a powerful earthquake jolted southwestern Japan on Thursday night, local police said Friday.

The magnitude-6.5 quake at 9:26 p.m. local time originated at a relatively shallow depth of around 11 kilometers in Kumamoto Prefecture and registered a maximum 7 on the Japanese scale in the town of Mashiki in the prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

According Kyodo, Among the injured, 53 were seriously hurt, while up to 44,400 people were taking shelter at about 500 sites in the prefecture, the prefectural government said.

Officials said, the quake struck at a depth of 11 kilometres near Kumamoto city on Kyushu island. The quake was followed by aftershocks measuring 5.7 about 40 minutes later, and 6.4 just after midnight local time. No tsunami warning was issued, and nuclear reactors on the island are not reported to have been affected.

However, a number of houses collapsed, and hundreds of calls came in reporting building damage and people buried under debris or trapped inside. Thousands of homes were left without electricity. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told media that the government has mobilized police, firefighters and self-defense troops for the rescue operation.

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Earthquake felt in many parts of India, Pakistan

latest newsEarthquake of 6.6 magnitude was felt in many parts of north India,fghanistan. 

According to National Centre for Seismology. The epicenter of earthquake is in Hindukush mountain range. In Delhi earthquake as felt at 4:02pm.

Tremors were felt in Delhi and Kashmir, witnesses said, forcing residents to leave homes.

There was no word from the Indian meterological centre about the quake yet. TV reports said there were no reports of any casualties

Earthquake tremors were also felt in Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Swat, Chitral, Azad Jammu and Kashmir are among the affected areas. No loss of life has been reported as yet.

According to Dawn news the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 236 kilometres with its epicentre in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

Tremors were also felt in parts of Afghanistan and India, DawnNews reported.

Fear and panic spread among residents, who came out of their houses.
Pakistan is located in the Indus-Tsangpo Suture Zone, which is roughly 200 km north of the Himalaya Front and is defined by an exposed ophiolite chain along its southern margin.