Japan: Same spot in southern islands hit with 7.3 quake; Thursday death toll up to 9

Japan: Same spot in southern islands hit with 7.3 quake; Thursday death toll up to 9
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[Ed. – Whole lotta quakin’ goin’ on.  This is the area that had the 6.5 quake on Thursday.  A reminder: magnitude 7.3 is a huge quake.]

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck southern Japan early on Saturday, after a lesser quake hit the same region and killed nine people on Thursday. …

This latest quake shook the Kumamoto region at 1:25 a.m., local time, on Saturday, and several aftershocks soon followed.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a tsunami of up to 3 feet high along the coast west of the epicenter in Kumamoto, but that notice was lifted less than an hour later.

The agency also upgraded Saturday’s quake to magnitude 7.3 from an initial reading of 7.1. Compared with the temblor that struck late Thursday night just south of the town of Mashiki, this most-recent quake and aftershocks appear to be moving eastward, spreading damage to the northeast.

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