At least 41 people were killed yesterday by the second earthquake to hit southwestern Japan in two days, prompting Hong Kong to issue an amber travel warning for its residents, while 20 mainland tourists were rescued in the disaster zone. The Security Bureau said it was closely monitoring the situation in Kumamoto prefecture in the Kyushu region following the magnitude 7.3 quake at 1.25am yesterday, Japan time. Watch: Drone footage shows damage of Japan twin quakes Three perish, hundreds flee into streets in panic as southern Japan rocked by second quake in as many days “Residents who plan to visit Kumamoto prefecture or are already there should monitor the local situation, exercise caution, attend to personal safety, avoid travelling to earthquake-affected areas and pay attention to advice of the local authorities, particularly on possible aftershocks,” a government spokesman said. Kyushu is one of the top destinations for groups and individual Hong Kong travellers, but Kumamoto is not a hot pick among the region’s seven prefectures. Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said about 400 Hongkongers from 15 tours were in Kyushu yesterday. All were safe and carrying on with their holiday. Local agency Worldwide Package Travel cancelled at least five tours to Kyushu organised up to Wednesday. Around 150 Hongkongers who had signed up would have their tour fees refunded. “Many hotels in Kumamoto have shut down due to the earthquake. Some tour members were worried about safety so we cancelled the trips,” agency executive director, Yuen Chun-ning said. Another travel agency, EGL Holdings, also scrapped two tours to Kyushu upon the request of customers, but said there was no need for further cancellations as Kumamoto was just an intermediate stop. Hong Kong Airlines, which operates direct flights between the city and Kumamoto every Monday and Friday, said ticket holders for travel planned for this month could switch to alternative destinations. Strong 6.4-magnitude quake hits southwestern Japan, injuries, damages reported Japanese police rescued 20 mainland tourists who were stranded in a hotel in the area of Mount Aso, the country’s largest active volcano, which erupted for the first time in a month, adding to the alarm. Vice-consul Zhang Mei of the Chinese consulate in Fukuoka told state broadcaster CCTV that the stranded tourists, mostly aged above 60, were safe. There were no reports of mainland casualties. Japanese army troops and other rescuers rushed to save scores of trapped residents after the quake hit barely 24 hours after the first tremor, with a magnitude of 6.5, killed 10 people. Officials said nearly 2,000 were injured, dozens were feared trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings and hundreds of thousands left without running water or electricity. Rainfall threatened to further complicate the relief operation and set off more mudslides in isolated rural towns, where people were waiting to be rescued from collapsed homes. Thousands spent the night out in the streets and parks, while others huddled in blankets, sitting or lying down shoulder-to-shoulder on the floors of evacuation centres. Some 92,000 people had to flee their homes and hundreds of houses and other buildings were destroyed or damaged. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concern about secondary disasters as weather forecasters predicted rain and strong winds after landslides cut off roads and destroyed bridges, slowing down rescuers. The quakes’ epicentres were relatively shallow – about 10km – and close to the surface, resulting in more severe shaking and damage. National broadcaster NHK said as many as eight quakes were being felt in the area every hour. “Please let’s help each other and stay calm,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a televised news conference.