UPDATE 5-Japan quake rattles markets as factories shut; survivors queue for food

lunes 18 de abril de 2016 15:12 GYT

* Nikkei drops 3.4 percent, manufacturers hit hard

* Sony, Toyota, Honda operations affected

* Death toll at 42 from two strong quakes

* 110,000 people displaced, 30,000-strong rescue team in place (Updates with comments from North American auto makers)

By Minami Funakoshi and Kaori Kaneko

TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) - The Japanese share market fell more than 3 percent on Monday after a series of earthquakes measuring up to 7.3 magnitude struck a southern manufacturing hub, killing at least 42 people and forcing major companies to close factories.

About 30,000 rescue workers were scouring the rubble for survivors and handing out food to those unable to return home following the quakes which struck Kyushu island from Thursday. The biggest hit near Kumamoto city early on Saturday.

"There are still missing people. We want to make further efforts to rescue and save people and prioritise human lives," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament, adding he aimed to declare the region a disaster zone to free up reconstruction funds.

The Nikkei stock index ended 3.4 percent lower, hit by a stronger yen and as investors weighed the impact of the disaster on manufacturers' supply chains and insurers.   Continuación...