A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, has caused a landslide that engulfed houses, injuring and trapping several people and reducing power in several areas.
A landslide occurred on Thursday along a ridge in the rural town of Atsumi was seen in aerial footage of public broadcaster NHK.
About 10 people had been taken to the hospital with injuries, one of them serious, he said.
There were blackouts and blocked streets, NHK said, but there were no early reports of deaths. A man suffered cardiac arrest after falling down the stairs, local media reported.
The earthquake, which occurred at 4.08 a.m. (AEST), did not pose any risk of tsunami, said the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The US Geological Survey UU He said he hit about 68 km southeast of Sapporo, the main city of Hokkaido.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that his government had established a command center to coordinate relief and rescue. Her voice sounding emaciated, Abe said that saving lives was the top priority of her government.
A series of smaller crashes, including one with a magnitude of 5.4, followed the initial tremor, the Meteorological Agency said.
Shinkansen bullet trains were stopped in some areas of Hokkaido, NHK said.
NHK Footage showed a collapsed brick wall and broken glass in a home, and quoted local police as saying that some people were trapped in collapsed structures.
Soldiers were shown looking for damage on a rural road that was blocked by fallen trees.
Japan, located in the arc of the ring of fire of volcanoes and ocean trenches that surrounds in part the Pacific basin, represents about 20% of the earthquakes of the world of magnitude 6 or higher.