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Japan Self Defense Force's soldiers load earthquake relief items for those affected by multiple large-scale earthquakes in Kumamoto region onto a U.S. military aircraft MV-22B Osprey aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), off Kyushu region, Japan, April 19, 2016. Capt. Jennifer Giles/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit Kumamoto prefecture in southern Japan on Tuesday, broadcaster NHK said.

A tsunami warning had not been issued, NHK added.

Two deadly quakes hit the same region last week, killing 44 and injuring more than 1,000.

(Reporting by Minami Funakoshi; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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