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Powerful earthquake hits southern Japan

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Japan, barely 24 hours after a deadly quake hit the same region.

The quake shook the Kumamoto region on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu at 1:25am Saturday. On Thursday night the area was hit by a magnitude 6.5 quake that left nine dead and more than 800 injured.

More than 100 aftershocks shook Japan between the two quakes.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a tsunami up to 1 metre (3 feet) along the coast east of the epicenter in Kumamoto. The National Tsunami Warning Center has not issued any tsunami warning for the west coast of Canada or the US.

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