Japan Earthquake: Buildings come crashing down as tremors of 6.4 magnitude hit country

Stranded people gather outside a town hall of Mashiki, after the earthquake. Japanese broadcaster NHK showed Mashiki town hall in the dark, apparently having lost power. Footage also showed rubble on the road, shards of glasses and broken windows, and fire breaking out in some places, with firefighters battling an orange blaze.

FP Staff April 14, 2016 22:33:53 IST
People walk past fallen walls after an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hit the town of Mashiki, in Kumamoto, southern Japan on Thursday. Police said people were trapped underneath the rubble. AP
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People walk past fallen walls after an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hit the town of Mashiki, in Kumamoto, southern Japan on Thursday. Police said people were trapped underneath the rubble. AP
Firefighters carry an injured person after the earthquake in Mashiki, southern Japan. The country's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that damage was being assessed, but there were no abnormalities at nearby nuclear facilities. AP
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Firefighters carry an injured person after the earthquake in Mashiki, southern Japan. The country's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that damage was being assessed, but there were no abnormalities at nearby nuclear facilities. AP
Cars move past fallen walls after the earthquake in Mashiki. The epicenter was 120 kilometers (74 mile) northeast of the Sendai nuclear plant, the only one operating in the country. AP
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Cars move past fallen walls after the earthquake in Mashiki. The epicenter was 120 kilometers (74 mile) northeast of the Sendai nuclear plant, the only one operating in the country. AP
Stranded people gather outside a town hall of Mashiki, after the earthquake. Japanese broadcaster NHK showed Mashiki town hall in the dark, apparently having lost power. Footage also showed rubble on the road, shards of glasses and broken windows, and fire breaking out in some places, with firefighters battling an orange blaze. AP
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Stranded people gather outside a town hall of Mashiki, after the earthquake. Japanese broadcaster NHK showed Mashiki town hall in the dark, apparently having lost power. Footage also showed rubble on the road, shards of glasses and broken windows, and fire breaking out in some places, with firefighters battling an orange blaze. AP
The stone wall of the Kumamoto Castle was partially collapsed due to the powerful earthquake. Kasumi Nakamura, an official in the village of Nishihara near the epicenter, said that the rattling started and grew violent, lasting about 30 seconds. Getty Images
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The stone wall of the Kumamoto Castle was partially collapsed due to the powerful earthquake. Kasumi Nakamura, an official in the village of Nishihara near the epicenter, said that the rattling started and grew violent, lasting about 30 seconds. Getty Images
This picture shows an office following the earthquake. One aftershock measuring 5.7 struck about 40 minutes later, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency. AFP
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This picture shows an office following the earthquake. One aftershock measuring 5.7 struck about 40 minutes later, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency. AFP