Dozens missing after strong Japan earthquake and mudslides


Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses.

Two people had been killed and about 40 were missing, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The earthquake comes on the heels of a deadly typhoon lashing the west of Japan over the past few days.

The 6.7 magnitude quake cut power to around 3 million homes and shut down a nuclear plant in the region.

The tremor struck 62km (39 miles) south-east of the regional capital Sapporo in the early hours of the morning.It posed no tsunami risk, the country’s meteorological agency said.



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