At least 19 houses collapsed and an unknown number of people are still trapped in the rubble Thursday night, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck southern Japan late Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.2 quake struck near Ueki, Japan. Aftershocks are still rocking the affected area shortly afterward.


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The National Police Agency reported 12 injuries. Several fires also broke out in the town of Mashiki, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. h/t cnn

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Gen Aoki, director of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s earthquake division, warned that more aftershocks could occur over the next week.

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