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At least 9 dead, 30 missing in Japan earthquake

The Associated Press
| Thursday, September 6, 2018 10:54 a.m
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Cars pass by in the blackout on the center of Sapporo city, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides as well as causing the loss of power. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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This combination of photos shows Hakodate city during a blackout following a powerful earthquake on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, top, and the city with lights on in November, 2015. (Kyodo News via AP)
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Police search for missing persons around a house destroyed by a landslide after a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Several people were reported missing in the nearby the town, where a massive landslide engulfed homes in an avalanche of soil, rocks and timber. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel search for missing persons at the site of a landslide triggered by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Several people were reported missing in the nearby the town, where a massive landslide engulfed homes in an avalanche of soil, rocks and timber. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)
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Police, in blue with yellow uniform, search for missing persons around a house destroyed by a landslide after a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Several people were reported missing in the nearby the town, where a massive landslide engulfed homes in an avalanche of soil, rocks and timber. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel head to the site of a landslide following a strong earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Several people were reported missing in the nearby the town, where a massive landslide engulfed homes in an avalanche of soil, rocks and timber. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

SAPPORO, Japan — Japan’s prime minister says at least nine people are dead after a powerful earthquake on the country’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido.

The quake triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber. Rescuers began frantic efforts to unearth survivors.

Officials say more than 350 people were injured, and about 30 were unaccounted for after the magnitude 6.7 quake.

Nearly 3 million households were left without power by the quake. It’s the latest in an exhausting run of natural disasters for Japan.

In the town of Atsuma, where entire hillsides collapsed, rescuers used small backhoes and shovels to search for survivors under the tons of earth.

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