Point of view
"Our first priority is the safety of residents"
The search has begun for survivors who may be trapped in buildings toppled by a major earthquake in southern Japan.
At least nine people have been killed in the town of Mashiki near Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu.
SBS News (@SBSNews) April 15, 2016
Almost 1,000 have been injured.
An eight-month-old girl is pulled alive from rubble after a deadly earthquake in Japanhttps://t.co/Nnkqc4YJHo— ITV News (@itvnews) April 15, 2016
More than 44,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and have spent the night in schools and community centres.
Strong aftershocks are continuing to shake the area around the city of Kumamoto in the wake of the 6.0 magnitude tremor.
No problems have been reported at nuclear plants in the area.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority says there are no irregularities at three nuclear plants on the major southern island of Kyushu and nearby Shikoku.
The magnitude was much lower than the March 2011 earthquake that set off a tsunami and led to nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima.
However, the intensity was similar as it struck on land and the epicentre was at a much shallower depth.
Service on the Shinkansen superfast train service in Kyushu was halted after one train was derailed.
Highways have been closed after some sections collapsed.
Around 12,300 households have been left without electricity.
The Honda Motor Company suspended output at its motorcycle factory near Kumamoto.
Sony Corp, Mitsubishi Electric Corp and tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Corp also suspended operations at their factories in the area.
Breaking: Big earthquake hits Japan. RT
tamegoeswild</a>: Video from the NHK newsroom in Kumamoto as the quake struck <a href="https://t.co/qUgkkgoNjL">pic.twitter.com/qUgkkgoNjL</a></p>— Dayna Roselli (DaynaRoselli) April 14, 2016
#UPDATE on #Japan 6.5M quake
-At least 9 killed
-400 taken to hospitals
-19 buildings collapsed
-23,000 sheltered pic.twitter.com/GmF1Hdj9pH— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) April 14, 2016
At least 9 dead, 760 hospitalized after magnitude 6.5 quake hits #Japan https://t.co/xWryNkUXMY pic.twitter.com/6Z7v9usEPv— Sputnik (
SputnikInt) <a href="https://twitter.com/SputnikInt/status/720831543388680193">April 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At least nine killed, 761 injured by magnitude 6.5 earthquake, Japan government spokesman says: <a href="https://t.co/uQUPTWilgQ">https://t.co/uQUPTWilgQ</a></p>— The Associated Press (AP) April 14, 2016
What they are saying
“Our house was destroyed but we are all so, so that is what counts,” – a Kumamoto resident.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of local residents” – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says more than 3,000 troops, police and firefighters have been despatched to the region.