TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) – Sports events scheduled for Saturday in southwestern Japan have been cancelled due to the powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the country earlier in the day, the Kyodo news agency reported.
The earthquake killed at least 16 people, injuring hundreds more & trapping people in collapsed buildings, barely a day after a quake killed nine people in the same region.
The epicentre of the quake was near the city of Kumamoto on the southern island of Kyushu & measured at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
p> Soccer, baseball & basketball games were called off for safety reasons as aftershocks hindered rescue efforts & fuelled fears of more powerful quakes.
Two matches were cancelled in the J-League, the country's top soccer division, while four matches in the second & third tier were moreover called off.
Horse racing & cycling events in Kumamoto & Fukuoka prefectures were moreover cancelled. (Writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Patrick Johnston)
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