TOKYO – Key facts about the deadly earthquake in Japan:
THE QUAKE: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck at 9:26 p.m. Thursday at a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).
WHERE: The epicenter was near Kumamoto, a city of 740,000 people on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.
DEATHS AND INJURIES: Nine have been confirmed dead, and more than 800 injured, including 53 seriously.
HARDEST-HIT AREA: Town of Mashiki, 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Kumamoto city. Eight of the dead were from Mashiki.
DAMAGE: Widespread and still being assessed. Houses have collapsed, roads buckled, shelves toppled in offices and stores.
AFTERSHOCKS: More than 100 strong enough to be felt. Sizeable aftershocks could last for a week.