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A baby girl was among those pulled from the wreckage caused by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck off the southern Japanese island of Kyushu.

On Friday morning aftershocks hit southwestern Japan after a strong quake killed nine people the night before.  At least 1000 people were injured and power and water were cut across the region.

More than 130 aftershocks had hit the area around the city of Kumamoto by the afternoon.  Officials said the aftershock frequency was tapering off but the risk of further strong aftershocks will remain for about a week.

More than 44,000 people initially fled to schools and community centres, some spending the night outside after the first quake hit around 9:30 p.m.

The wreckage in the wake of the earthquake is extensive.  Roads have cracked, houses crumbled, and tiles simply cascaded from the roof of the 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle in the centre of the city.

Among those rescued was an eight-month-old baby girl, wrapped in a blanket and passed hand to hand by firefighters. Several hospitals had to evacuate patients.

3,000 troops, police and firemen have been dispatched to the area from around Japan.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said more would be sent if needed.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of local residents.” he said.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said there were no irregularities at three nuclear plants on the southern major island of Kyushu and nearby Shikoku.

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  • I hope her parents are ok too.

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  • Absolute miracle that this little angel child survived!
    Hope her parents are safe & well.
    A devastating event with a shining light of hope.
    Sending best wishes to all!
    Wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured & condolences to those who lost loved ones.

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  • Lucky little girl. I hope her parents were safe too.

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  • This is an amazing survival story in amongst such a huge tragedy. She certainly has a guardian angel on her shoulder.

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  • What a lucky find, such a lucky baby! A tragic situation for all those living there, but it’s always heartwarming to read of a find like this. Something so small in the bigger scheme of the situation, but a miracle all the same

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  • My heart goes out to all those affected, but I am so glad for the good news of this tiny life being saved! Adversity brings people together.

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  • What a terrible tragedy for these people to have gone through. My thoughts go out to all affected by this ordeal. My thoughts are with them all.

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  • How sad is to see things like this happening in the world. At least one happy end for this baby.

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  • Like it

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  • Those poor people. I hope that little baby’s family is ok

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  • I hope members of this little girl’s family are also found alive.

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  • Let’s hope many more people are saved just as this very lucky baby has.
    Natural Disasters cause the loss of many lives. A baby’s body is more supple that an an older person. They seem to survive with less injuries.

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  • This would be so frightening to experience.

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  • So tragic, I’m glad the baby girl was found.

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  • What an amazing story!

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