At least 9 killed as strong quake strikes Japan, nuclear sites safe

Tokyo: A powerful earthquake struck the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday, killing nine people, collapsing roads and buildings, and knocking out power, officials said.

According to the government, about 800 people had been treated for injuries caused by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which struck just before 9:30 p.m. and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks. About 40,000 people spent the night outdoors or in temporary shelters.

Television footage showed firefighters battling flames in the most seriously affected area, in the town of Mashiki in rural Kumamoto prefecture.

The fires had been extinguished by Friday morning, as residents began to assess the extent of the damage. Some homes had collapsed into rubble, with tiles from broken roofs spilling onto narrow streets.



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