Powerful earthquake hits south Japan
14 April 2016, 19:16
Tokyo - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary
magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday, causing some damage but
there was no danger of a tsunami.
Officials said they were still assessing the damage.
Keisukei Urata, an official at Uki city, said he was
driving home when the quake struck at 21:26 in the nearby town of Mashiki in
He said he saw some walls around houses collapsing.
Parts of the ceiling at Uki City Hall collapsed, windows
were broken and cabinets fell to the ground, he said.
Kasumi Nakamura, an official in the village of Nishihara
near the epicentre, said that the rattling started modestly and grew violent,
lasting about 30 seconds.
"Papers, files, flower vases and everything fell on
the floor," he told a telephone interview with NHK TV. He said there were
One aftershock measuring 5.7 struck about 40 minutes
later, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency.
The US Geological Survey put the quake's preliminary
magnitude at 6 and said it was 23km deep. It did not expect major damage.
Footage on NHK showed a signboard hanging from the
ceiling at its local bureau violently shaking. File cabinets rattled, books,
files and papers rained down to the floor, and one employee appeared to have
fallen off a chair, while others slid underneath their desks to protect their