Powerful Earthquake Buries Homes, People in Japan

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 hit northeast Japan, destroying both external and backup power to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which led to three nuclear meltdowns and the release of radioactive materials.  ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Powerful Earthquake Buries Homes, People in Japan, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Powerful Earthquake Buries Homes, People in Japan





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 5 September, 2018



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