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Japan looks for survivors after powerful earthquake

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Rescuers in Japan are searching for survivors after a 6.5-magnitude quake shook southern Japan on the night of April 14 killing at least nine people and leaving hundreds injured.

AFP reports that houses collapsed, factories stopped work and a high-speed train was de-railed and tens of thousands of people fled their homes.

Local authorities also reported of dozens of aftershocks and officials warned the death toll could rise as rescuers dug through the collapsed structures.

«As far as we can tell from infrared images from a police helicopter, there appears to be a significant number of houses destroyed or half-collapsed. There are fears the number of injured could rise,» Japans disaster minister Taro Kono stated.

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