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Earthquake magnitude 6.4 hits Japan

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By Euronews
Earthquake magnitude 6.4 hits Japan

<p>A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has hit southwestern Japan. At least two people have died, according to public broadcaster <span class="caps">NHK</span>. </p> <p>The quake struck around 9.30pm local time, 11km east of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu in the southwest of the country. It was followed by a 5.7 magitude quake thirty minutes later. A fire erupted in Mashiki near the epicentre. </p> <p>Nineteen buildings have collapsed, and there are fears people could still be trapped under rubble.</p> <p>Despite the magnitude of the quake nuclear facilities appear to be unaffected. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said they had no reports of irregularities.</p> <p>Officials at Japan’s meteorological survey warned people to be on alert for aftershocks for the next few days, but no tsunami warning was issued.</p> <p>In 2011 a quake of magnitude 9 caused a tsunami which killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.</p>