A fresh 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck southern Japan – causing fires to spread and dozens of houses to collapse, trapping people underneath.

The powerful tremor was reported 6.6 miles southwest of Kumamoto at 4.03pm UK time (12.03am local time) – two-and-a-half hours after a 6.2 magnitude quake hit the same area, according to the US Geological Survey.

Although no tsunami risk has been reported, about 100 people have been admitted to hospital, including 10 with serious injuries.

Local police reports suggest at least one person trapped under a house has died, while another was killed by fire… see more

source: skynews