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New deaths reported as Japan is hit by second powerful quake in less than 24 hours


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New deaths reported as Japan is hit by second powerful quake in less than 24 hours

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday killing at least eleven people. It hit just over a day after a quake killed nine people in the same region.

Authorities warned of damage over a wide area with reports of fires, power outages, collapsed bridges and gaping holes in the earth.

Saturday’s quake also triggered a tsunami warning but it was later lifted.

One resident told reporters: “It was just when I was trying to fall asleep, and I saw on my iPad that it was 6-plus, and I was very surprised.”

Aftershocks have continued in the region.

Japan’s nuclear watchdog says no problems have been reported with local power plants.

Fresh damage has been reported from the new quake, with already-damaged buildings coming down.

Thursday’s quake had a magnitude of 6.4.

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