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Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Lights are off at central Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake jolted Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, buckling roads, knocking homes off their foundations and causing entire hillsides to collapse. (Photo: Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

 A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors.

At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Officials said at least 366 were injured, five of them seriously, and about 30 people were unaccounted for after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake jolted residents from their beds at 3:08 a.m.

Nearly 3 million households were left without power by the quake — the latest in an exhausting run of natural disasters for Japan. (AP)

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