Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Japan earthquake: Sapporo ROCKED by 6.7 earthquake - people trapped in collapsed buildings

A POWERFUL earthquake has rocked the city of Sapporo in northern Japan just hours after large parts of the south of the country were battered by the biggest typhoon to hit in 25 years.

The Magnitude 6.7 quake struck 70 miles south of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Residents in the city were woken up by strong shaking shortly after 7pm BST (3am Thursday local time) as the earth moved for around 20 seconds.
Japanese TV showed damaged buildings and quoted police as saying some people had been trapped in collapsed structures.
Reports of power outages in Japan's northernmost prefecture have been widely shared on social media.
One Twitter user said: “Just woke up to a pretty damn big earthquake in Sapporo. I've been through quite a few before and I'm shaking like a leaf right now. In fact, we're getting an aftershock right now…”

The tremor struck at an approximate depth of 20 miles, USGS data said.
No tsunami warning has been issued following the earthquake, which was initially reported as a Magnitude 7.0.
The epicenter was just 16 miles from the city of Chitose, home to Hokkaido's main airport.
A Twitter user named Licia said: “My friends. We just had a major #earthquake here in Japan. #Hokkaido. #Sapporo. We are in the dark, but otherwise fine. Omg! It was humongous. No information on magnitude. Internet still works for now.”
Japan earthquake map
Japan earthquake: A powerful Magnitude 6.7 quake has struck near Sapporo (Image: EXPRESS)
USGS said the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami based on its intensity, depth and historic tsunami records.
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido prefecture with a population of nearly two million people.
Kenji Yamamoto, an official in Noborito, told public broadcaster NHK there were no reports of injuries or death in that town.
The earthquake comes just hours after prefectures in the south of Japan were battered by Typhoon Jebi.
At least 10 people are reported to have died and more than 100 people have been injured in damage caused to buildings and roads by the violent winds.
The cities of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto which make up the Kansai region were some of the worst hit with winds of 135mph recorded.
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