Powerful earthquake hit northern island of Hokkaido, Japan

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A powerful earthquake has hit northern island of Hokkaido, Japan triggering landslides that engulfed houses.Local media reports say at least eight people have been killed and about 40 are missing.

The 6.7 magnitude quake caused the damage of a thermal power plant cutting power to around three million homes.

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It was reported that a nuclear plant which was not operational  had to switch to its back-up power supply to keep spent fuel cool.

Local residents and travellers in the region have shared their shock about the quake on social media.

They also write about long lines at food stores as people stock up on supplies amid fears of more tremors.

Authorities have warned of possible aftershocks and urged people to remain cautious.

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According to news agency, Toshiyuki Matsumori of the meteorological agency said “Large quakes often occur, especially within two to three days [of a big one].

“We urge residents to pay full attention to seismic activity and rainfall and not to go into dangerous areas.”

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