At last count 2 were dead and at least 45 injured in a massive 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked southern Japan Thursday night.
Japanese officials for Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital said that they had five seriously injured victims among the 45 people that had already been admitted or treated.
The quake struck an area near Kumamoto City on the island of Kyushu at 9:26 pm, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary confirmed that at least 19 homes collapsed, and hundreds of calls came in reporting building damage and people buried under debris or trapped inside of their own homes.
Most of the damage was to a town 800mi. southwest of Tokyo named Mashiki. Officials confirmed that rescue operations were continuing throughout the night even though they were repeatedly disrupted by aftershocks.