Magnitude 6.6 quake hits northern Japan

Aaron Brown
September 7, 2018

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the tremor struck just 65 kilometers southeast of the city of Sapporo at a depth of 40 kilometers.

The 6.7-magnitude, pre-dawn quake has paralysed Hokkaido, killing at least nine people, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that 25,000 troops and other personnel would be dispatched to the area to help with rescue operations.

The quake hit just two days after Japan experienced another natural disaster - Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm to hit the country in 25 years.

Damage to transmission lines, transformers and other equipment from the quake is likely also delaying the restoration of power, DeWit said.

On Tuesday, the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993 was recorded. Some of the 40 people stranded there were airlifted to safer grounds, NHK said.

Smaller aftershocks continued and the Japan Meteorological Agency warned that earthquakes with a similar intensity could continue in the area for about a week.

Millions of people are without power after an quake struck northern Japan, triggering landslides and claiming at least eight lives. It also affected telephone services and television broadcasting in Sapporo.

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Japan's economy minister says damage from a powerful natural disaster at the main thermal plant has delayed the restoration of power on the main northernmost island of Hokkaido for more than a week.

The idled Tomari nuclear power plant temporarily lost its external power supply, forcing operator Hokkaido Electric to cool a spent fuel pool at its Nos.

The lack of electricity affected New Chitose Airport, which suffered damage to check-in counters and flooding in the passenger terminal building.

Seven people are confirmed dead after the 6.7 magnitude quake caused landslides, with dozens hospitalised and millions of homes and businesses without power, according to local reports.

At least four landslides were reported after the quake, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, adding that six homes had collapsed.

"Large quakes often occur, especially within two to three days (of a big one)", said Toshiyuki Matsumori who is in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis at the agency, reported AFP.

Some 26 Filipino shop managers from the Toyota dealership incentive trip are billeted at a hotel in Hokkaido and can't go out because electricity has been cut in the area "for purposes of assuring the safety of the people there", Laurel told ANC's The Bureau.

Japan is situated on the "Ring of Fire" arc of volcanoes and oceanic trenches that partly encircles the Pacific Basin. Seismologists have said another such quake could strike the capital at any time.

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