A powerful earthquake triggered a landslide that engulfed houses on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido early on Thursday (Sept 6), television footage showed, injuring and trapping dozens of people and cutting power to millions. A landslide along a long ridge in the rural town of Atsuma could be seen in aerial footage from public broadcaster NHK. At least 19 people were missing and 120 people were injured in Hokkaido after the magnitude 6.7 quake, it said.

There were no early reports of deaths but a man suffered cardiac arrest after falling down some stairs, Japanese media reported. “The shaking was vertical. It was sudden and strong,” one man in Sapporo told national broadcaster NHK. Another Sapporo resident said: “I was scared. Inside the shop I felt the tremor, which lasted for about 30 seconds… I was on the sixth floor, it was really scary.” READ MORE