Strong aftershocks rumble on in Japan's quake-hit southwest as death toll hits 44
2016-04-19 17:09:00


KUMAMOTO, April 17, 2016 -- Firefighters check the buildings in the earthquake rocked Mashiki in Kumamoto prefecture,Japan, April 17, 2016. A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan early Saturday just a day after a sizable foreshock hit the region, with the number of fatalities now standing at 41 according to the latest figures on Sunday. (Xinhua/Ma Ping)

TOKYO, April 19 -- Japan's southwestern Kumamoto and Oita prefectures were still reeling from two powerful quakes that rocked the region last week, triggering hundreds of aftershocks and killing 44 people.

The death toll rose as of Tuesday as search and rescue personnel recovered the bodies of two people a day earlier who had been missing following a landslide in the the Kumamoto village of Minamiaso, while as many as eight people may still be unaccounted for, according to local officials.

Source: Xinhua Editor: Angela