Japan was struck by a couple of magnitude massive earthquakes Friday – a 7.1 then a 7.4 – and that was just a day after the same region was hit by a 6.2 magnitude temblor.
Reuters reported the 7.4 magnitude quake struck early Saturday morning, local time, near the city of Kumamoto. That was just a few minutes after the U.S. Geological Survey called in a quake close to that same spot with a magnitude of 7.1.
Hundreds have been injured, several killed, and thousands evacuated.
The country’s Meteorological Agency said tsunami advisories have been issued for the region.
“No question, this is a large and very important earthquake,” said Doug Given, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, CNN reported. “It will do a lot of damage.”
Rescuers flocked to one scene where several have already been reported dead, only to learn an 8-month-old girl was trapped beneath rubble. Following hours of searching, they pulled her out alive.
“It was miracle she was unharmed,” said a spokesman for the Kumamoto Highashi fire department, Hidenori Watanabe, the network reported.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans to visit the areas to “see the site with my own eyes and hear from the victims directly,” he said.
Media outlets reported scores of buildings had been destroyed in the quakes, and subsequent tremors tore up roads and train tracks.
At least 800 have been injured, some seriously, and nearly 45,000 evacuated from the area. And the news going forward isn’t positive.
“This is an earthquake that is going to shake for a long time,” one CNN meteorologist said. “The buildings that were damaged in the original shock have now been re-damaged or re-shaken. And all of a sudden you have a cracked building and it wants to fall down with the second shake.”