7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan Just Two Days After Nation's Biggest Quake Since 2011 (Video)

An earthquake measuring magnitude-7.1 rocked Japan's Kyushu Island near the city of Kumamoto early Saturday morning, killing at least two. The quake came less than 48 hours after another one killed nine people and left more than 800 injured just miles away.


The worst hit town in Thursday's quake was Mashiki, a suburb of Kumamoto, with a magnitude of 6.2. According to the USGS, a magnitude-7 earthquake is 15.8 times stronger in terms of its energy release. 

Public broadcaster NHK reported at least 400 people being treated at local hospitals, while others are feared trapped under fallen structures. The network has received a number of calls from residents saying people are trapped.

"We will do our utmost and carry on with life-saving and rescue operations throughout the night," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.

Kyushu has a population of around 13 million. Dashcam footage showed the moment the earthquake hit Japan Thursday. 

A Live show on Asahi News captured the tragedy in real time.

Thousands of homes in the area lost power. 

Three people died after the second earthquake, which was very shallow and struck at a depth of only 7km.

A look at the devastation today:

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