Houses damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake, are seen in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 6, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
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At least two people were killed and 38 were missing after a powerful earthquake paralysed Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, media reported, but the death toll was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by landslides.The quake also knocked out power to Hokkaido's 5.3 million residents.Public broadcaster NHK said five people were found "unresponsive", a term commonly used in Japan before death is formally confirmed, and another 120 were injured after the 6.7-magnitude quake struck before dawn.The quake hit at 3:08 a.m. (1808 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), with its epicentre about 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Sapporo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded in Japan, struck on March 11, 2011, off its northeastern coast, triggering a tsunami that devastated communities along the Pacific coast and killed nearly 20,000 people.Seismologists have said another such quake could strike the city at any time.
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