TOKYO (AP) – A government spokesman says at least nine people have been killed and 761 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that knocked down houses and buckled roads in southern Japan.
The chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Thursday night that he would visit the area Friday to assess the damage. He said some 1,600 soldiers had been deployed, and TV reports showed some delivering blankets and adult diapers to the thousands of people who took shelter because their homes were wrecked or unsafe.
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