Japan PM mobilizes more troops to quake-hit southern Japan

Japan PM mobilizes more troops to quake-hit southern Japan

Japan PM mobilizes more troops to quake-hit southern Japan

Written by Staff Writer

16 Apr, 2016 | 5:44 am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered more troops to mobilize to quake-hit southern Japan on Saturday (April 16) after an earthquake kills six in the same region where another quake a day earlier left nine people dead.

“I order to reinforce a greatly number of Self-Defence Force troops and other disaster relief officials to the earthquake-hit area to concentrate the government’s full capacity into the rescue, evacuation and life-saving operations,” Abe said.

The magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed six, injuring hundreds and bringing down buildings, media reported.

Authorities warned of damage over a wide area, as reports came in of scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings, fires and power outages.

Residents living near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, broadcaster NHK said.

Saturday’s tremor triggered a tsunami advisory, although it was later lifted and no irregularities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the area, a senior government official said.

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