10 dead, over 1,000 injured after 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Japan
By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
April 17, 2016, 2:55:46 AM EDT
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck about 12 km (7.5 miles) from Kumamoto-shi, Japan, on Thursday night, causing fatalities, injuries, structural damage and power outages.
The quake struck around 9:30 p.m. local time Thursday (8:30 a.m. EDT Thursday).
According to the Associated Press, local police said people may be trapped under their houses. At least 10 people have died and over 1,100 people have been admitted or treated at the Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital, according to AP and Japanese national broadcaster NHK.
At least 45 aftershocks greater than magnitude-3.0 were recorded in Japan since after the initial quake, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
Initial photos and video footage show power loss at some buildings. The United States Geological Survey issued a red alert, putting the estimated financial damage between $1 and $10 billion.
Power outages continued across Kumamoto Prefecture on Friday, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Company. Water and natural gas service were also disrupted.
Cleanup should not be hindered by weather, AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.
"Clouds will increase later on Saturday with the threat for rain and stronger winds arriving Saturday night through Sunday. Some of the rain could be heavy," he said.
AccuWeather Staff Writers Kevin Byrne and Mark Leberfinger contributed to this article.
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