Strong quake hits southern Japan, tsunami advisory

A house collapses following the earthquake in Mashiki, near Kumamoto city, southern Japan, early Friday, April 15, 2016. Rescuers in southern Japan are searching for trapped residents in at least two dozen collapsed houses, after a powerful earthquake struck. (Tomoaki Ito/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT)

MASHIKI, Japan (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Japan, barely 24 hours after a deadly quake hit the same region.

The quake shook the Kumamoto region at 1:25 a.m. Saturday. On Thursday night the area was hit by a magnitude 6.5 quake that left nine dead and more than 800 injured.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a tsunami up to 1 meter (3 feet) along the coast east of the epicenter in Kumamoto.

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