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    The aftermath of a landslide and destroyed houses caused by an earthquake are seen in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016

    Nearly 117,000 People in Japan Leave Homes Amid Fears of New Quakes

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    The number of evacuees in Japan in areas which suffered from several powerful earthquakes in the recent days has reached 117,000 people, amid fears of new possible quakes, local media reported Tuesday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — The evacuees are from Kumamoto Prefecture, which was the earthquakes' epicenter and the neighboring Oita Prefecture, according to the Kyodo news agency. The displaced people are now staying outdoors or in sports fields, because staying inside houses is still considered dangerous, the media outlet said.

    A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southern Japan, near the regional capital of Kumamoto on the Kyushu island, on Thursday. Early on Saturday local time, a second earthquake struck the same island, registering magnitude of 7.3. At least 44 people died and over 1,000 others were injured as result of the quakes.

    Japan is seismically active region. In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake caused a 46-foot tsunami which hit Japan's Fukushima nuclear power, leading to the leakage of radioactive materials and the shutdown of the plant. The accident is considered to be the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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