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Japan’s second massive earthquake in 24 hours kills 18 people

These are the dramatic scenes of devastation that people in Japan awoke to after a second earthquake struck the region, killing 29 people and injuring 1,500 more.

Buildings were razed to the ground by the 7.3 magnitude quake, and the death toll is set to rise as rescuers race against time to free those trapped in the rubble.

The exact number of casualties remained unclear as rescue efforts in southern Kyushu island continued to unfold, but they were hampered by the landslides and destroyed bridges that have cut off roads.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concerns about secondary disasters from mudslides as the weather forecast for the area predicted rain and strong winds.

Mr Abe said: ‘Nothing is more important than human life and it’s a race against time. Daytime today is the big test. I want rescue activities to continue with the utmost effort.’


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