Fears of ‘THE BIG ONE’ as FIVE major earthquakes strike Asia in just 72 hours – Express.co.uk
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The latest quake this morning, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, injured more than 1,000 and trapped people in collapsed buildings, only a day after a quake killed nine people in the same region.
Rescue crews searched for survivors of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck Japan’s Kyushu Island, the same region rattled by a 6.2 quake two days earlier.
Around 20,000 troops have had to be deployed following the latest 7.3 earthquake at 1.25am local time on Saturday.
Roads have also been damaged and big landslides have been reported, there are also 200,000 households without power.
The death toll in the latest Kyushu earthquake is 16 people and a previous earthquake that struck the area on Thursday had killed nine people.
There have been other large earthquakes recorded in recent days, including a major one in southern Japan which destroyed buildings and left at least 45 people injured, after Myanmar was rocked on Wednesday.
Tremors were also felt as far as 500 miles away at the national park in India where the Royal couple Kate and William were visiting.
Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 7,262 people have sought shelter at 375 centers since Friday in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to do everything he could to save lives following the disaster.
He said: “Nothing is more important than human life and it’s a race against time.”
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