past 1:00 AM (April 16) early Saturday morning
which was stronger than Thursday's 6.2 quake (April 14)
making the latter quake a foreshock.
with no immediate confirmation
whether the stronger quake increased the death toll.
But according to authorities,
there were several calls
from people who were trapped
inside collapsed houses and buildings.
Already thousands of people
were still living in shelters
following Thursday's quake
and more could add up
after Saturday's stronger quake.
According to Japan Meteorological Agency,
the hardest-hit town is Mashiki
which sits near two faults on Kyushu Island
and also near a huge, active volcano named Mount Aso.
An extensive rescue efforts are ongoing
to help those trapped in the rubble.