Japanese rescuers were digging through the rubble of buildings and mud on Saturday to reach dozens believed trapped after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck a southern island, killing at least 32 people and injuring about a thousand.
The shallow earthquake hit in the early hours, sending people fleeing from their beds on to dark streets, and followed a 6.4 magnitude quake on Thursday which killed nine people in the area. Rain and cold were forecast overnight, adding extra urgency to the rescue effort.
Television footage showed fires, power outages, collapsed bridges, a severed road hanging over a ravine and gaping holes in the earth. Residents near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, public broadcaster NHK said.
NHK said about 150,000 people in total across the affected region had received evacuation orders amid fears that heavy rain could trigger more landslides as the two quakes have made the ground unstable...
Workers have resumed their search and rescue operation after two major earthquakes hit southern Japan, killing 41 people and injuring thousands.
About 240,000 residents were urged to leave their homes in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita on the island of Kyushu as authorities were concerned about mudslides and swollen rivers following heavy rain in the region, broadcaster NHK reported.
A series of aftershocks continued to rattle Kyushu after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Kumamoto prefecture early on Saturday, which followed a tremor with a magnitude of 6.5 on Thursday evening.
The Meteorological Agency warned of more aftershocks on Japan's third largest island in the coming days...
A small eruption occurred at Mt. Aso in southern Japan on Saturday around 8:30 a.m. local time (2330 GMT Friday) following a strong earthquake in the area, with smoke rising about 100 meters (300 feet) high...