Japan earthquake kills nine; more aftershocks expected

Updated 1:19 AM EDT, Sat April 16, 2016
A woman rides a scooter in front of a collapsed house a day after the Kumamoto Earthquake on April 15 in Mashiki, Japan.
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A woman rides a scooter in front of a collapsed house a day after the Kumamoto Earthquake on April 15 in Mashiki, Japan.
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Story highlights

Almost 800 injured, Kumamoto Prefecture disaster office says

Death toll at nine, says state broadcaster NHK, citing police officials

Aftershocks are expected to continue for a week, meaning weakened buildings could collapse

Tokyo CNN —  

At least nine people died when an earthquake shook southwestern Japan’s Kyushu island late Thursday, the Kumamoto Prefecture disaster management office said.

Search crews scrambled to dig through rubble looking for people trapped under collapsed buildings.

The magnitude-6.2 quake struck near Ueki, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Dozens of smaller aftershocks followed.

READ: Baby pulled from rubble after six hours

“The ground shook for about 20 seconds before the 6.2-magnitude quake stopped,” witness Lim Ting Jie said.