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Watch The Moment A Massive Earthquake Hits An Office In Japan

ICE Graveyard 15/04/2016 Alexandra Ma
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Two earthquakes rattled the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu in a period of just over 24 hours this week, starting with a deadly quake that shook the island Thursday night. 

A video taken in the city of Kumamoto, near the epicenter of the first quake, shows workers steadying themselves at their desks as books tumble off shelves and a sign, reading "Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting" in Japanese, sways violently. Toward the end of the video, desk drawers appear to be knocked over and papers, files and cassette tapes are strewn across the floor.

Watch the video, which Japanese TV network All-Nippon News released Thursday, above. Footage of the office begins around the 1:24 mark.

That earthquake sent 130 shockwaves across the epicenter's surrounding areas, according to Reuters. At least nine people died and 1,000 more have been injured. 

Another shaky video from Thursday shows workers in a Kumamoto television station's office scrambling to safety as files fall from desks and chairs swivel around the room. This video, which The Guardian published Friday, can be seen below.

Some 40,000 people living in regions affected by the earthquake slept outdoors or in temporary evacuation shelters on Thursday night, The New York Times reported. Some also spent the night inside their cars, The Japan Times added. A number of people were also trapped amid rubble.

Many of the victims of the earthquakes were in Mashiki, a town east of Kumamoto. Around 20 percent to 30 percent of the town's buildings collapsed, said Mashiki tourism official Shinji Takahashi, according to The Japan Times.

Hundreds of Self-Defense Forces members, police officials and rescue crews were dispatched to carry out search and rescue operations, and evacuate residents around the city. Rescuers and firefighters managed on Friday to extract several people from building remains, including an 8-month-old baby who was found in the rubble of her collapsed home. Volunteers and Self-Defense Forces members were also photographed distributing food at an evacuation center in Mashiki.

Just over 24 hours after the first earthquake, on Saturday morning local time, another struck about 8 miles northwest. It remains unclear whether the death toll has increased as a result of the second quake, but a number of Mashiki residents were reportedly stuck inside buildings and houses, The Associated Press reports.

Thursday's quake was the strongest to hit Japan since 2011, when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake set off tsunami waves and triggered the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in the country's northeast.

Japanese media lifted a tsunami warning on Saturday, and reported no irregularities at the Sendai nuclear plant on Kyushu, according to Reuters. The nuclear plant, which is located just 75 miles from the epicenter of Thursday's quake, is the only active nuclear reactor remaining in Japan after the earthquake five years ago.

Take a look at the earthquake's devastating aftermath in the photos below.

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