Edition:
United Kingdom
Pictures | Fri Sep 7, 2018 | 2:50pm BST

Powerful quake hits Japanese island

Police officers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. 


 Kyodo/via REUTERS

Police officers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Police officers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
1 / 27
Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. 


Kyodo/via REUTERS

Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
2 / 27
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
3 / 27
An aerial view shows central Sapporo city during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido.  

Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows central Sapporo city during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows central Sapporo city during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
4 / 27
Evacuees are seen at a gymnasium of elementary school, acting as an evacuation shelter, during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

Evacuees are seen at a gymnasium of elementary school, acting as an evacuation shelter, during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Evacuees are seen at a gymnasium of elementary school, acting as an evacuation shelter, during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
5 / 27
Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
6 / 27
People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo. A powerful earthquake paralyzes Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents.


Kyodo/via REUTERS

People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo. A powerful earthquake paralyzes Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. Kyodo/via REUTERS

People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo. A powerful earthquake paralyzes Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
7 / 27
Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
8 / 27
Members (L) of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) are seen inside Abira town office, damaged by an earthquake, during blackout in Abira town, Hokkaido. 


Japan Self-Defense Forces/via REUTERS

Members (L) of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) are seen inside Abira town office, damaged by an earthquake, during blackout in Abira town, Hokkaido. Japan Self-Defense Forces/via REUTERS

Members (L) of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) are seen inside Abira town office, damaged by an earthquake, during blackout in Abira town, Hokkaido. Japan Self-Defense Forces/via REUTERS
Close
9 / 27
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
10 / 27
Houses damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake, are seen in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. 


Kyodo/via REUTERS

Houses damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake, are seen in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Houses damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake, are seen in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
11 / 27
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido.

 Kyodo/via REUTERS

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
12 / 27
A ceiling of the domestic terminal damaged by an earthquake, is pictured at New Chitose Airport in Chitose, Hokkaido.

 Kyodo/via REUTERS

A ceiling of the domestic terminal damaged by an earthquake, is pictured at New Chitose Airport in Chitose, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

A ceiling of the domestic terminal damaged by an earthquake, is pictured at New Chitose Airport in Chitose, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
13 / 27
People get water from Japan Self-Defence Forces' water tank truck at an area damaged by an earthquake in Atsuma town Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

People get water from Japan Self-Defence Forces' water tank truck at an area damaged by an earthquake in Atsuma town Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

People get water from Japan Self-Defence Forces' water tank truck at an area damaged by an earthquake in Atsuma town Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
14 / 27
A building damaged by a powerful earthquake is seen in Abira town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

A building damaged by a powerful earthquake is seen in Abira town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

A building damaged by a powerful earthquake is seen in Abira town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
15 / 27
A member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) searches for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. 

Japan Self-Defense Forces/via REUTERS

A member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) searches for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Japan Self-Defense Forces/via REUTERS

A member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) searches for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Japan Self-Defense Forces/via REUTERS
Close
16 / 27
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken September 6, 2018. Japan Self-Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken September 6, 2018. Japan Self-Defense Forces/Handout via...more

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken September 6, 2018. Japan Self-Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Close
17 / 27
People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
18 / 27
Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. 

Kyodo/via REUTERS

Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
19 / 27
Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. 


Kyodo/via REUTERS

Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Rescue workers search for survivors from a house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
20 / 27
A man is seen at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo. Kyodo/via REUTERS

A man is seen at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo. Kyodo/via REUTERS

A man is seen at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
21 / 27
People line up to buy foods outside a store after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

 Kyodo/via REUTERS

People line up to buy foods outside a store after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

People line up to buy foods outside a store after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
22 / 27
Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

 Kyodo/via REUTERS

Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
23 / 27
Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

 Kyodo/via REUTERS

Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Close
24 / 27
Vehicles are seen stuck in mud covering the road in Hokkaido.

 @TAKA_RR via REUTERS

Vehicles are seen stuck in mud covering the road in Hokkaido. @TAKA_RR via REUTERS

Vehicles are seen stuck in mud covering the road in Hokkaido. @TAKA_RR via REUTERS
Close
25 / 27
Mud covers the road in Hokkaido.


 @TAKA_RR via REUTERS

Mud covers the road in Hokkaido. @TAKA_RR via REUTERS

Mud covers the road in Hokkaido. @TAKA_RR via REUTERS
Close
26 / 27
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) with dogs go to search for survivors at an area damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 7, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT.

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) with dogs go to search for survivors at an area damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 7, 2018. Mandatory credit...more

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) with dogs go to search for survivors at an area damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 7, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT.
Close
27 / 27

Next Slideshows

Best of the U.S. Open

Highlights from the tennis tournament in New York.

07 Sep 2018

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

07 Sep 2018

Iraqi protesters torch government building

Protesters set fire to the main government building in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, amid growing unrest over poor basic services.

06 Sep 2018

India throws out ban on gay sex

India's top court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex, in a landmark judgment that sparked celebrations across India.

06 Sep 2018

MORE IN PICTURES

Editors Choice Pictures

Editors Choice Pictures

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Dozens of dead elephants discovered in Botswana

Dozens of dead elephants discovered in Botswana

Carcasses of 87 elephants, most discovered with their tusks hacked off, have been found near the Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary, according to the Elephants Without Borders charity.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Wolf Alice wins Mercury Prize

Wolf Alice wins Mercury Prize

Rock band Wolf Alice won Britain's Mercury Prize for album "Visions of a Life", beating off competition from the likes of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and the Arctic Monkeys.

Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week

Backstage and collection highlights from Milan.

South Korean president visits North Korea

South Korean president visits North Korea

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet for a third summit in Pyongyang.

Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

Over two decades, reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet has amassed a collection of more than 400 phobia-inducing animals, including rattlesnakes, tarantulas and lizards in his home.

Rising waters in Carolinas after Florence

Rising waters in Carolinas after Florence

Rising flood waters threaten communities across the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Flashback: Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico

Flashback: Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico

A look back at Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, killed an estimated 3,000 people in the U.S. territory and knocked out power to all 3.4 million residents.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast