Five powerful earthquakes struck Japan in 72 hours, dozens killed

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After Saturday’s deadly quake, Kumamoto prefecture continues to experience as many as 165 aftershocks. Dozens were killed since the first earthquake occurred. Several buildings were damaged or destroyed. Around 20,000 troops have had to be deployed to help rescuers. Big landslides have been reported, some of them blocking roads. There are about 200,000 households without power.Tremors were also felt as far as 500 miles away at the national park in India. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to do everything he could to save lives following the disaster. Roger Bilham, seismologist of University of Colorado, affirmed: “The current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude.” Nobuaki Sato, director of the International Relief Division at the Japanese Red Cross, said ti the media: “We don’t know what is happening in the whole disaster area because it is a remote mountain area and some big bridges were down and many landslides were found so we were working around the clock and are making assessments. But so far the road access is not easy to the remote areas.”

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