Kyushu: A major earthquake measuring 7.1 on the richter scale hit the island of Kyushu in the south west of Japan in the wee hours of 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Following the quake a Tsunami advisory has been issued for the Ariake and Yatsushiro seas. The advisory warns of a possible wave of one metre in height.

The epicentre of the quake was near Kumamoto city which is about 350 km from the city of Hiroshima. The depth of the quake was a 10 km.


A deadly earthquake struck Japan yesterday too that left at least nine people dead and left nearly 800 people injured. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck near Ueki. Dozens of smaller aftershocks followed.

Search crews are still looking for people trapped under collapsed buildings.

The quake was centred mostly under land, not an ocean, meaning it did not spawn a major tsunami. 

(Further details awaited.)

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