Deadly earthquake hits Japan

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By Seamus Kearney
Deadly earthquake hits Japan

A strong aftershock is caught on camera in Japan, just hours after a magnitude 6 quake hit the southwest of the country.

I felt the ground shake, both vertically and horizontally ... I was unable to keep standing

At least nine people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more have been injured.

There is widespread damage to buildings, although Japan’s nuclear watchdog says all power plants are operating normally.

Many people are still out on the streets, too afraid to stay indoors.

One man said: “I felt the ground shake, both vertically and horizontally.”

A woman said: “I was unable to keep standing.”

The quake struck close to the city of Kumamoto.

Fires have also broken out in some areas, accounting for at least one of the deaths.

Local media say at least 400 people have been treated in hospital.

Japan is still recovering from a powerful quake that killed almost 20,000 people in March 2011.