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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. 


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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
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Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. 


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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
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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. 

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

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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
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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. 

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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
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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
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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.


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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
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Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido. 

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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
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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. 


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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
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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. 

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


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

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

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

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

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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
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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
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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
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Vehicles are seen stuck in mud covering the road in Hokkaido.

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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
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Mud covers the road in Hokkaido.


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Mud covers the road in Hokkaido. @TAKA_RR via REUTERS

Mud covers the road in Hokkaido. @TAKA_RR via REUTERS
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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.
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