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JAPAN: Hokkaido quake leave 19 missing, 120 injured

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UPDATE 00:30 SEPT 7, 2018. Death toll now 16 via BLOOMBERG.

At least 19 missing, 120 injured as powerful quake hits Japan’s Hokkaido

TOKYO (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake triggered a landslide that engulfed houses on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido early on Thursday, television footage showed, injuring and trapping dozens of people and cutting power to millions across Hokkaido.

A landslide along a long ridge in the rural town of Atsuma could be seen in aerial footage from public broadcaster NHK. At least 19 people were missing and 120 people were injured in Hokkaido after the magnitude 6.7 quake, it said.

There were no early reports of deaths but a man suffered cardiac arrest after falling down stairs, Japanese media reported.

Japan’s Hokkaido Electric Power Co (9509.T) said it conducted an emergency shutdown of all its fossil fuel-fired power plants after the quake, leading to blackouts across Hokkaido.

Efforts to restore power to 2.95 million households were underway but it was not clear when supplies would be restored, a company spokesman said.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: September 05, 2018 at 10:45PM

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