A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake triggered landslides on Japan’s Hokkaido Island, burying homes and people early Thursday. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of 40 kilometers, was located just east of the city of Tomakomai. Power was knocked out to Hokkaido’s nearly 3 million households. At least 125 people were injured in the region and about 20 were reported missing after the quake triggered landslides, according to national broadcaster NHK. At a news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that authorities have received hundreds of calls about people missing and buildings collapsing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said about 25,000 self-defense troops are being sent to Hokkaido, with several thousand planning to help in search-and-rescue missions. Three reactors at the Tomari nuclear plant were offline for routine safety checks at the time of the quake. In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami...
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