Massive 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan, Triggering Tsunami Alerts.

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck southern Japan earlier this 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 United States 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 had 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.

According to BBC reports, Tsunami warning were issued immediately after the quake have been called off.

Some people are reported trapped in houses in various areas.

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