IN BRIEF: The toll and damage in Japan’s deadly earthquakes

Heavy machinery works recovery efforts of Oita Expressway damaged by a landslide following an earthquake in Yufu, Oita prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Powerful earthquakes shook southwestern Japan, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — Key facts about the two deadly earthquakes that struck the same area in southern Japan on successive nights:

FIRST QUAKE: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck at 9:26 p.m. Thursday at a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).

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SECOND QUAKE: A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck at 1:25 a.m. Saturday at a depth of 12 kilometers.

College students with their belongings wait for the arrival of a helicopter of the Japan Self-Defense Forces to be transferred to safer place in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)
College students with their belongings wait for the arrival of a helicopter of the Japan Self-Defense Forces to be transferred to safer place in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

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WHERE: Both quakes were centered near Kumamoto, a city of 740,000 people on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

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DEATHS AND INJURIES: 41 people are reported dead in the two quakes, and about 1,500 injured, at least 184 seriously.

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HARDEST-HIT AREAS: Town of Mashiki, which borders the eastern edge of Kumamoto city, and Minamiaso, a rural village farther east near Mount Aso volcano.

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DAMAGE: At least 1,000 buildings have been damaged, including 90 totally destroyed. Many roads have buckled and cracked, and huge landslides have blocked roads and left buildings hanging precariously.

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UTILITIES: About 200,000 households have no power, and 400,000 have no running water.

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EVACUEES: About 90,000 people have evacuated to shelters and elsewhere.

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RAIN: Rain is forecast for overnight Saturday, raising fears of more landslides.

 

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