Japan earthquakes: mission to find survivors


Heavy rains were expected through Sunday after Japan's Kyushu region was struck by twin earthquakes, hampering the search for survivors and forcing nervous residents into crowded evacuation centers, foreign media reports.

According to new statistics by the Kumamoto Prefecture’s disaster management office 32 people have died in the latest Kyushu earthquake.

A 7.0 magnitude tremor was felt in the area yesterday.

‘Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the search for survivors amid piles of rubble as a "race against the clock," noting that bad weather had conspired with the devastating quake, its aftershocks and the threat of landslides to make a dire situation worse,’ it was reported.