Over 70,000 people are fleeing their homes after a second earthquake struck southwestern Japan.
Strong aftershocks and landslides triggered by rain are hampering rescue efforts.
The magnitude 7.3 quake that shook the Kumamoto region on the southwestern island of Kyushu early Saturday comes just 24 hours after a magnitude 6.5 quake in Kyushu.
The death toll is unclear but Japanese media say the death toll from the two quakes has now risen to 41.
Officials warn that aftershocks could last for weeks.
The National Tsunami Warning Centre reports that there is no tsunami threat to BC.
Japan nationals in Vancouver left worried following quakes
“Please help us and pray for us.”
Ayoko Oyamari says she has friends and a grandmother in Kumamoto, where the the most recent quake was centred – and while they’re alright, she’s still on edge.
“I’m so worried because in Japan there are a lot of aftershocks. So every time I watch some news from Japan, I fear shocks, and nervous.”
Oyamari says it’s tough to see the pictures of shattered homes – and hopes people will donate to help the quake’s victims.