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Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses, the BBC reports.
Two people had been killed and about 40 were missing, according to public broadcaster NHK.
The 6.7 magnitude quake cut power to around 3 million homes and shut down a nuclear plant in the region
The earthquake comes on the heels of a deadly typhoon lashing the west of Japan over the past few days.
The tremor struck 62km south-east of the regional capital Sapporo in the early hours of the morning.
It posed no tsunami risk, the country’s meteorological agency said.