Magnitude natural disaster shakes Japan

Source United States Geological Survey

The 32 missing people are all residents of Atsuma, police said.

Hokkaido Railway Co. said high-speed bullet and all local trains on the island are halted.

The utility said it wasn't clear when electricity would be restored to 2.95 million households. "I've never experienced an quake like this", an 87-year-old man in Atsuma said.

In Atsuma, on Hokkaido's southwest coast, 500 miles north of Tokyo and east of Vladivostok in Russian Federation, four landslides were reported and at least six homes collapsed.

A worker cleans up after parts of the ceiling fell at the domestic terminal of New Chitose Airport. The natural disaster came just hours after areas in southern Japan were hit by Typhoon Jebi. The airport's operator said it would resume some domestic flights on Friday.

The magnitude 6.7 quake struck southern Hokkaido at 3:08 am at the depth of 40 kilometers (24 miles), Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

In Tokyo, the central government said the Self-Defense Forces will dispatch 25,000 personnel for relief operations at the request of the governor of Hokkaido.

In the town of Atsuma, a massive landslide on a mountain crushed houses below.

No tsunami warning was issued after the relatively shallow quake, which struck 62 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo.

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.

Farming and tourism are two of the island's biggest economic drivers, but there is some industry.

Akira Fukui, from the main city of Sapporo, told AFP: "I woke up around 3am with a vertical jolt". Agency official Toshiyuki Matsumori warned residents to take precautions for potential major aftershocks in coming days.

As many as 30 are feared buried beneath the earth and rubble of multiple, large-scale landslides that struck sparsely populated countryside on the northern island of Hokkaido after a 6.6-magnitude natural disaster. The quake set off a series of massive tsunami that devastated a wide swathe of the Pacific coastline and killed almost 20,000.

Houses destroyed by the landslide in Atsuma town. The Tomari nuclear power plant is running on back-up emergency generators as are local hospitals.

They also write about long lines at food stores as people stock up on supplies amid fears of more tremors. Seismologists have said another such quake could strike the city at any time.

Japan's match with Chile has been cancelled after an natural disaster struck the island of Hokkaido on Thursday.

Devastating landslides caused by the powerful quake in northern Japan claimed at least nine lives, with dozens still missing as homes were engulfed.

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