M7.1 earthquake hits southwestern Japan http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake occurred at around 1:25AM on Saturday. It says the focus was about 10 kilometers deep in Kumamoto Prefecture.
The jolt registered an intensity of 6 plus on the Japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7 in some parts of the prefecture.
My heart goes out to the people of Kyushu. 9 People have been reported dead.
A CNN interview with a USGS geologist in Colorado reported it was only 10 kilometers deep, which means the shaking was severe, reported by the geologist as "not a good situation there":
Don Melvin and Greg Botelho7.0 quake strikes Japan after earlier one kills 9, CNN April 15, 2016 (1:32 PM ET), http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/15/asia/japan-earthquake/
Already, Reuters is reporting that NHK claims the nuclear plants in Sendai and Genkai have not been impacted:
Japan tsunami warning lifted after Kyushu quake: NHK. Reuters, April 15, 2016 (1:49 EDT), http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake-idUSKCN0XC24N?il=0
A tsunami warning after the 1:25 a.m. (1025 ET) quake was lifted, media said. There were no irregularities at Kyushu's Sendai nuclear plant, which continued to operated, or at the Genkai plant, also on Kyushu, or the Ikata plant on nearby Shikoku, NHK said.
Let us hope that is the truth.