Dramatic Images Show Aftermath of Powerful Earthquake in Japan



(ABC News) — Dramatic footage shows the moment a powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake tore through southern Japan on Thursday evening, ripping apart everything in its path.

Rescue crews are frantically searching to find survivors who may be trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings. Japan’s Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital said it treated some 45 people for injuries but there have been no reports of causalities.

At least 19 houses collapsed, according to reports.

PHOTO: Local residents walk next to a collapsed wall after an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, April 14, 2016.Kyodo/Reuters
Local residents walk next to a collapsed wall after an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, April 14, 2016.more +

The quake struck at 9:26 p.m. at a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles) near Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There was no Earth risk.

There were multiple aftershocks, with the largest one reported at a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 shortly after midnight, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the initial quake’s preliminary magnitude at 6.2.

PHOTO: Rescue workers use a stretcher to carry a man who was rescued from a collapsed house in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, April 15, 2016.Kyodo/Reuters
Rescue workers use a stretcher to carry a man who was rescued from a collapsed house in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, April 15, 2016.more +
PHOTO: A shop clerk cleans broken wine bottles following an earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan on April 14, 2016.Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images
A shop clerk cleans broken wine bottles following an earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan on April 14, 2016.
PHOTO: Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a meeting of the earthquake emergency disaster response team at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 15, 2016.Kyodo/Reuters
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a meeting of the earthquake emergency disaster response team at his
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