A woman takes shelter after another earthquake hit the area at a hotel in Kumamoto, southern Japan,on Friday, April 16, 2016. Photo: Kyodo/Reuters

A woman takes shelter after another earthquake hit the area at a hotel in Kumamoto, southern Japan,on Friday, April 16, 2016. Photo: Kyodo/Reuters

April 15: A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday morning, triggering a tsunami advisory.

The quake's epicentre was near the city of Kumamoto and measured at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

The USGS minutes earlier reported a 7.1 quake with a depth of 7 km close to the same location.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory, which identifies the presence of a marine threat and asks people to leave coastal regions, for the Ariake and Yatsushiro seas.

Local broadcaster NHK said the advisory suggested a possible wave of one metre in height.


Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits near Japan's Kumamoto: USGS

April 15:  A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck near Kumamoto in southern Japan on Friday at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

It earlier reported a 7.1 quake with a depth of 7 km close to the same location.