Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.6 in northern Japan

A police officer is seen during a blackout after a powerful earthquake hit the area at a crossing point in Sapporo, Japan. The 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, causing landslides, toppling several houses and killing a person

A powerful earthquake hit the city of Sapporo in northern Japan, hours after much of the south of the country was hit by the biggest typhoon it hit in 25 years.

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, causing landslides, toppling several houses and killing one person.

No tsunami warning was issued after the relatively shallow tremor, which struck 39 miles southeast of the regional capital, Sapporo.

A replica of 5.3 shook the area moments later and small replicas continued throughout the night.

A police officer is seen during a blackout after a powerful earthquake hit the area at a crossing point in Sapporo, Japan. The 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, causing landslides, toppling several houses and killing a person

A police officer is seen during a blackout after a powerful earthquake hit the area at a crossing point in Sapporo, Japan. The 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, causing landslides, toppling several houses and killing a person

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of a slight change in sea level in coastal areas as a result of the earthquake.

An 82-year-old man died after falling down the stairs of his home during the earthquake, Japanese media reported.

At least four landslides were reported after the earthquake, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, adding that six houses had collapsed.

"We urge residents in areas affected by heavy tremors to pay attention to information on television and radio and act by helping each other," Suga told a news conference.

Television images shortly after the earthquake showed that people left their homes in the early hours of the morning after the earthquake.

Hokkaido Electric said that 2.95 million homes had lost power after the earthquake.

"The government will work in unison for the reconstruction, while giving the highest priority to saving human lives," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.

No tsunami warning was issued after the relatively shallow tremor, which struck 39 miles southeast of the regional capital, Sapporo. A replica of 5.3 shook the area moments later and small replicas continued throughout the night

No tsunami warning was issued after the relatively shallow tremor, which struck 39 miles southeast of the regional capital, Sapporo. A replica of 5.3 shook the area moments later and small replicas continued throughout the night

No tsunami warning was issued after the relatively shallow tremor, which struck 39 miles southeast of the regional capital, Sapporo. A replica of 5.3 shook the area moments later and small replicas continued throughout the night

The authorities warned of the risk of new tremors.

"Large tremors often occur, especially within two or three days (of a large one)," said Toshiyuki Matsumori, who is in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis at the meteorological agency.

He added that the risk of collapse of homes and landslides had increased in the area affected by the earthquake, and said: "We urge residents to pay full attention to seismic activity and rain and not enter dangerous areas."

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded.

The earthquake comes shortly after eleven people died, one million will be left without power and thousands will be stranded after a ferocious typhoon hit the country, causing chaos.

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded. The earthquake comes shortly after eleven people died, one million were left without electricity and thousands were stranded after a ferocious typhoon hit the country, causing chaos.

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded. The earthquake comes shortly after eleven people died, one million were left without electricity and thousands were stranded after a ferocious typhoon hit the country, causing chaos.

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded. The earthquake comes shortly after eleven people died, one million were left without electricity and thousands were stranded after a ferocious typhoon hit the country, causing chaos.

Hundreds more were injured when houses and infrastructure along the west coast were devastated by Typhoon Jebi, Japan's most powerful storm in a quarter of a century.

The Kansai International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, was cut off when a 2,500-ton tanker crashed into the terminal's only access road, meaning that thousands had to spend the night in the partially flooded facility.

This morning, the ships were carrying passengers stranded on the mainland while the images showed a bus convoy making a dangerous journey across the damaged bridge, a few meters from where the ship crashed into the road in the midst of 135 mph winds .

The tracks were flooded when high waves reached the facilities on Tuesday, disrupting electricity and flooding the buildings.

Elsewhere, a large commercial ship was washed on a breakwater, and the shipping containers were left floating in the sea. In Kyoto, the former imperial capital and a popular tourist destination, wooden sanctuary buildings and high orange-red entrance doors were knocked down. Tall trees fell into a sanctuary in Nara, another historic city.

Jebi, or swallow & # 39; in Korean, since then it crashed into the territory of Russia, causing flash floods on Sakhalin Island in northern Japan.

The Kansai International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, was intercepted when a 2,500-ton tanker crashed into the terminal's only access road (in today's photo) which means that thousands had to pass the night in partially flooded facility

The Kansai International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, was intercepted when a 2,500-ton tanker crashed into the terminal's only access road (in today's photo) which means that thousands had to pass the night in partially flooded facility

The Kansai International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, was intercepted when a 2,500-ton tanker crashed into the terminal's only access road (in today's photo) which means that thousands had to pass the night in partially flooded facility

The Kansai International Airport is built on artificial islands in Osaka Bay, and the open sea flooded one of its two tracks (photo), cargo storage and other facilities, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. A passenger was slightly injured by fragments of a window destroyed by the storm

The Kansai International Airport is built on artificial islands in Osaka Bay, and the open sea flooded one of its two tracks (photo), cargo storage and other facilities, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. A passenger was slightly injured by fragments of a window destroyed by the storm

The Kansai International Airport is built on artificial islands in Osaka Bay, and the open sea flooded one of its two tracks (photo), cargo storage and other facilities, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. A passenger was slightly injured by fragments of a window destroyed by the storm

Passengers stranded at Kansai International Airport line up in front of the terminal today as they await the arrival of a special bus service to transport them out of the area, in Izumisato, western Japan

Passengers stranded at Kansai International Airport line up in front of the terminal today as they await the arrival of a special bus service to transport them out of the area, in Izumisato, western Japan

Passengers stranded at Kansai International Airport line up in front of the terminal today as they await the arrival of a special bus service to transport them out of the area, in Izumisato, western Japan

More than 1.2 million people had been advised to leave their homes when Jebi approached the Kansai area, the industrial heart of Japan. Around 16,000 people spent the night in shelters, local media said. This was the scene today in Kobe, in western Japan, after the cars were left stacked

More than 1.2 million people had been advised to leave their homes when Jebi approached the Kansai area, the industrial heart of Japan. Around 16,000 people spent the night in shelters, local media said. This was the scene today in Kobe, in western Japan, after the cars were left stacked

More than 1.2 million people had been advised to leave their homes when Jebi approached the Kansai area, the industrial heart of Japan. Around 16,000 people spent the night in shelters, local media said. This was the scene today in Kobe, in western Japan, after the cars were left stacked

More than 100 used cars in a storage site caught fire after the area was submerged due to a high tide like Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiy

More than 100 used cars in a storage site caught fire after the area was submerged due to a high tide like Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiy

More than 100 cars used in a storage facility caught fire after the area was submerged by high tide when Typhoon Jebi crashed into Nishinomiya.

Dozens of cars burst into flames after their electrical systems were short-circuited by sea water in a parking lot in Nishinomiya.

Dozens of cars burst into flames after their electrical systems were short-circuited by sea water in a parking lot in Nishinomiya.

Dozens of cars burst into flames after their electrical systems were short-circuited by sea water in a parking lot in Nishinomiya.

Consequences: The winds were so powerful that they drove this ship up and over a breakwater in Nishinomiya, west of Japan (in today's picture)

Consequences: The winds were so powerful that they drove this ship up and over a breakwater in Nishinomiya, west of Japan (in today's picture)

Consequences: The winds were so powerful that they drove this ship up and over a breakwater in Nishinomiya, west of Japan (in today's picture)

Jebi, or swallow & # 39; in Korean, since then it has hit Russia, causing flash floods (pictured) on the island of Sakhalin in northern Japan

Jebi, or swallow & # 39; in Korean, since then it has hit Russia, causing flash floods (pictured) on the island of Sakhalin in northern Japan

Jebi, or swallow & # 39; in Korean, since then it has hit Russia, causing flash floods (pictured) on the island of Sakhalin in northern Japan

By lunchtime on Wednesday, hundreds of people had been transferred to Kobe in a specially rented boat, but more than two thousand were still waiting for the rescue. There were still no indications of when the airport could be reopened, which manages more than 400 flights per day.

"We had a blackout so there was no air conditioning, it was hot," a woman told NHK public television after being transported to Kobe. "I had never expected this amount of damage from a typhoon."

Apparently relieved but exhausted, the passengers said they had to spend the night feeling uncomfortable in the dark.

Hideko Senoo, 51, who was planning a family trip to India, said he could not even buy drinks at the vending machines after food ran out at convenience stores.

"We could not use vending machines or access the local wireless network to get information, and we did not even know about this boat service," he told Kyodo News.

Another passenger, Miki Yamada, said she spent the night in an airport cafeteria, Kyodo said. "It was a pretty scary night, since we were so isolated."

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the death toll in the storm was 10, with 300 people injured.

Air passengers (pictured today) were forced to spend the night at Kansai International Airport after it was cut off in the fierce storm

Air passengers (pictured today) were forced to spend the night at Kansai International Airport after it was cut off in the fierce storm

Air passengers (pictured today) were forced to spend the night at Kansai International Airport after it was cut off in the fierce storm

The scaffolding collapsed in the streets below when the typhoon hit the city of Osaka in western Japan yesterday. A crane was brought today to begin the cleaning operation (pictured)

The scaffolding collapsed in the streets below when the typhoon hit the city of Osaka in western Japan yesterday. A crane was brought today to begin the cleaning operation (pictured)

The scaffolding collapsed in the streets below when the typhoon hit the city of Osaka in western Japan yesterday. A crane was brought today to begin the cleaning operation (pictured)

The next morning: the trees were uprooted from the ground by the force of the 135 mph typhoon while traversing Nishi-ku, Osaka City

The next morning: the trees were uprooted from the ground by the force of the 135 mph typhoon while traversing Nishi-ku, Osaka City

The next morning: the trees were uprooted from the ground by the force of the 135 mph typhoon while traversing Nishi-ku, Osaka City

Route block: today begins an important cleaning operation in Japan after Typhoon Jebi of 135mph

Route block: today begins an important cleaning operation in Japan after Typhoon Jebi of 135mph

Route block: today begins an important cleaning operation in Japan after Typhoon Jebi of 135mph

Japan woke up with scenes of devastation this morning with broken buildings and large infrastructure damaged. Wind damage is represented in an industrial unit in Osaka today

Japan woke up with scenes of devastation this morning with broken buildings and large infrastructure damaged. Wind damage is represented in an industrial unit in Osaka today

Japan woke up with scenes of devastation this morning with broken buildings and large infrastructure damaged. Wind damage is represented in an industrial unit in Osaka today

Dozens of large shipping containers stacked in a harbor in Osaka city were rocked by winds that surpassed 135 mph

Dozens of large shipping containers stacked in a harbor in Osaka city were rocked by winds that surpassed 135 mph

Dozens of large shipping containers stacked in a harbor in Osaka city were rocked by winds that surpassed 135 mph

The powerful winds destroyed many buildings and structures, including a wall of the South Noh stage in the Nishi Honganji temple in Kyoto (in today's photo)

The powerful winds destroyed many buildings and structures, including a wall of the South Noh stage in the Nishi Honganji temple in Kyoto (in today's photo)

The powerful winds destroyed many buildings and structures, including a wall of the South Noh stage in the Nishi Honganji temple in Kyoto (in today's photo)

A ship was driven to a sea wall (in today's picture), such was the force of the wind when typhoon Jebi hit Nishinomiya, west of Japan

A ship was driven to a sea wall (in today's picture), such was the force of the wind when typhoon Jebi hit Nishinomiya, west of Japan

A ship was driven to a sea wall (in today's picture), such was the force of the wind when typhoon Jebi hit Nishinomiya, west of Japan

The giant cranes in a port in Nishinomiya, in western Japan, collapsed (in today's photo) after being hit by strong winds during Typhoo

The giant cranes in a port in Nishinomiya, in western Japan, collapsed (in today's photo) after being hit by strong winds during Typhoo

The giant cranes in a port in Nishinomiya, in western Japan, collapsed (in today's photo) after being hit by strong winds during Typhoo

A large oil tanker went adrift (in the picture) and crashed sideways on a bridge that connects the mainland with the Kansai International Airport.

A large oil tanker went adrift (in the picture) and crashed sideways on a bridge that connects the mainland with the Kansai International Airport.

A large oil tanker went adrift (in the picture) and crashed sideways on a bridge that connects the mainland with the Kansai International Airport.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tweeting his official account, said the government was working to get the airport back online.

"We will do everything we can to make the airport work again," he said.

He said that 2.4 million homes had lost power in the storm, and that the service was restored by half on Wednesday morning.

"We continue to make every effort to respond to disaster damage and restore infrastructure," he added.

The deaths included a man in his 70s who was knocked to the ground from his apartment in Osaka prefecture.

Police said five other people died in other parts of the prefecture after being hit by flying objects or falling from their apartments.

In the nearby Shiga prefecture, a 71-year-old man was killed when a storage building collapsed on him, and a man in his 70s died after falling from a roof in Mie, authorities said.

The waste is represented in an industrial storage unit in the city of Osaka this morning, hours after Typhoon Jebi swept the area.

The waste is represented in an industrial storage unit in the city of Osaka this morning, hours after Typhoon Jebi swept the area.

The waste is represented in an industrial storage unit in the city of Osaka this morning, hours after Typhoon Jebi swept the area.

Damage by the wind: the coating was plucked from the exterior of several buildings in the city of Osaka (in today's photo)

Damage by the wind: the coating was plucked from the exterior of several buildings in the city of Osaka (in today's photo)

Damage by the wind: the coating was plucked from the exterior of several buildings in the city of Osaka (in today's photo)

A tanker ship of 2,591 tons was sent to crash into a bridge connecting the Kansai airport, built on an artificial island in a bay, to the mainland. The bridge was damaged but the tank was empty and none of its crew was injured, the Coast Guard said.

A tanker ship of 2,591 tons was sent to crash into a bridge connecting the Kansai airport, built on an artificial island in a bay, to the mainland. The bridge was damaged but the tank was empty and none of its crew was injured, the Coast Guard said.

A tanker ship of 2,591 tons was sent to crash into a bridge connecting the Kansai airport, built on an artificial island in a bay, to the mainland. The bridge was damaged but the tank was empty and none of its crew was injured, the Coast Guard said.

The electricity pylons lie in twisted ruins after being knocked down by the ferocity of the gusts when the typhoon hit Tadaoka, Osaka.

The electricity pylons lie in twisted ruins after being knocked down by the ferocity of the gusts when the typhoon hit Tadaoka, Osaka.

The electricity pylons lie in twisted ruins after being knocked down by the ferocity of the gusts when the typhoon hit Tadaoka, Osaka.

A man stands next to the overturned car blown by the strong wind when Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm in 25 years, hit Osaka.

A man stands next to the overturned car blown by the strong wind when Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm in 25 years, hit Osaka.

A man stands next to the overturned car blown by the strong wind when Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm in 25 years, hit Osaka.

A car is crushed by a commercial dropped in Wakayama, Japan. Eleven people were confirmed dead and another 221 people were injured

A car is crushed by a commercial dropped in Wakayama, Japan. Eleven people were confirmed dead and another 221 people were injured

A car is crushed by a commercial dropped in Wakayama, Japan. Eleven people were confirmed dead and another 221 people were injured

Hundreds of flights have been canceled throughout Japan after the typhoon. This was the scene at the Kansai International Airport yesterday

Hundreds of flights have been canceled throughout Japan after the typhoon. This was the scene at the Kansai International Airport yesterday

Hundreds of flights have been canceled throughout Japan after the typhoon. This was the scene at the Kansai International Airport yesterday

A truck sits at an angle on a bridge after being dragged by strong winds caused by Typhoon Jebi in Sakade, Japan

A truck sits at an angle on a bridge after being dragged by strong winds caused by Typhoon Jebi in Sakade, Japan

A truck sits at an angle on a bridge after being dragged by strong winds caused by Typhoon Jebi in Sakade, Japan

Typhoon Jebi destroyed the west coast of the country when it hit land yesterday with violent winds that triggered evacuations in the area. This was the scene where boats and debris floated throughout the storm in the city of Nishinomiya

Typhoon Jebi destroyed the west coast of the country when it hit land yesterday with violent winds that triggered evacuations in the area. This was the scene where boats and debris floated throughout the storm in the city of Nishinomiya

Typhoon Jebi destroyed the west coast of the country when it hit land yesterday with violent winds that triggered evacuations in the area. This was the scene where boats and debris floated throughout the storm in the city of Nishinomiya

Daihatsu Motor Co. stopped production at its factories in Kyoto and Osaka, while Panasonic suspended work at its air conditioning and refrigerator factory in Shiga.

Leading beverage manufacturer Kirin Co suspended production at its brewery in Kobe, according to the Kyodo news agency.

In nearby Nishinomiya, in Hyogo prefecture, about 100 cars at a coastal concessionaire burned down after their electrical systems were intercepted by seawater, firefighters and news said.

In Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park was closed for the second consecutive day. A press release said it would open again on Thursday.

More than 1.2 million people had been advised to leave their homes when Jebi approached the Kansai area, the industrial heart of Japan. Around 16,000 people spent the night in shelters, local media said.

Japan is regularly hit by powerful typhoons in the summer and fall, many of which cause flooding and landslides in rural areas.

This was the view from a window at the Kansai International Airport in Japan after it was flooded during the typhoon

This was the view from a window at the Kansai International Airport in Japan after it was flooded during the typhoon

This was the view from a window at the Kansai International Airport in Japan after it was flooded during the typhoon

Accumulate: the cars were left in a crumpled pile after being blown up during the typhoon when it hit the city of Osaka

Accumulate: the cars were left in a crumpled pile after being blown up during the typhoon when it hit the city of Osaka

Accumulate: the cars were left in a crumpled pile after being blown up during the typhoon when it hit the city of Osaka

Fierce winds knocked down heavy containers stacked near a port in the Japanese city of Osaka when the typhoon hit land

Fierce winds knocked down heavy containers stacked near a port in the Japanese city of Osaka when the typhoon hit land

Fierce winds knocked down heavy containers stacked near a port in the Japanese city of Osaka when the typhoon hit land

Emergency response: rescue teams walk past the remains of the traffic lights that collapsed when the typhoon hit Osaka

Emergency response: rescue teams walk past the remains of the traffic lights that collapsed when the typhoon hit Osaka

Emergency response: rescue teams walk past the remains of the traffic lights that collapsed when the typhoon hit Osaka

The tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961 with flooding that covered the runways at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Strong winds sent a 2,591-tonne tanker crashing into a bridge (pictured) that connects the airport, built on an artificial island in a bay, to the mainland.

The tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961 with flooding that covered the runways at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Strong winds sent a 2,591-tonne tanker crashing into a bridge (pictured) that connects the airport, built on an artificial island in a bay, to the mainland.

The tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961 with flooding that covered the runways at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Strong winds sent a 2,591-tonne tanker crashing into a bridge (pictured) that connects the airport, built on an artificial island in a bay, to the mainland.

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993. The storm headed north through the main island of Japan, Honshu, towards the Sea of ​​Japan.

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993. The storm headed north through the main island of Japan, Honshu, towards the Sea of ​​Japan.

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993. The storm headed north through the main island of Japan, Honshu, towards the Sea of ​​Japan.

Jebi seems to have caused damage to the infrastructure of the region on an unusual scale.

At the tourist magnet in Kyoto, home to ancient temples and sanctuaries, he tore down part of the roof of the main railway station, while in nearby Osaka, strong winds peeled scaffolding from a multi-storey building.

Images in NHK showed a 328-foot-high Ferris wheel in Osaka turning furiously in the strong wind despite being off.

"I've never seen anything like it," said a 19-year-old man on the scene to NHK.

Companies, factories and schools in the affected area closed as the storm hit the country, forcing hundreds of flights, ferry services and some bullet trains to be canceled.

Despite its strength, the storm was far from the deadliest that Japan has seen in recent years.

In 2011, Typhoon Talas killed at least 82 people in the area, while in 2013, a storm that struck south of Tokyo left 40 people dead.

At the beginning of this year, torrential rains lashed the western part of the country, causing floods that killed more than 200 people by razing the villages and causing the collapse of the hillsides.

Japan's meteorological agency has issued warnings of possible landslides, floods and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes throughout western Japan, including the main cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Water is blocked on a sea wall in Kochi prefecture, west of Japan

Japan's meteorological agency has issued warnings of possible landslides, floods and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes throughout western Japan, including the main cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Water is blocked on a sea wall in Kochi prefecture, west of Japan

Japan's meteorological agency has issued warnings of possible landslides, floods and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes throughout western Japan, including the main cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Water is blocked on a sea wall in Kochi prefecture, west of Japan

The images of the camera show how the trucks were dragged by the strong winds since Japan suffered its worst storm in 25 years

The images of the camera show how the trucks were dragged by the strong winds since Japan suffered its worst storm in 25 years

The images of the camera show how the trucks were dragged by the strong winds since Japan suffered its worst storm in 25 years

The strong winds caused havoc in the western parts of the country. Archival footage showing roof panels torn off buildings has been obtained

The strong winds caused havoc in the western parts of the country. Archival footage showing roof panels torn off buildings has been obtained

A Ferris wheel was blown by the force of the wind

A Ferris wheel was blown by the force of the wind

The strong winds caused havoc in the western parts of the country. Images have appeared that show that the roof panels are being torn from the buildings (left) and a wheel of fortune is being dragged by the force of the wind.

With winds of up to 100 mph at its center, Jebi is classified as a "very strong" typhoon, said the weather forecaster, Ryuta Kurora.

With winds of up to 100 mph at its center, Jebi is classified as a "very strong" typhoon, said the weather forecaster, Ryuta Kurora.

With winds of up to 100 mph at its center, Jebi is classified as a "very strong" typhoon, said the weather forecaster, Ryuta Kurora.

Japan issued evacuation notices for more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights because of extremely strong winds and heavy rains when Typhoon Jebi made landfall. In the photo: foreign passengers sleep in banks while waiting for information at the Osaka train station

Japan issued evacuation notices for more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights because of extremely strong winds and heavy rains when Typhoon Jebi made landfall. In the photo: foreign passengers sleep in banks while waiting for information at the Osaka train station

Japan issued evacuation notices for more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights because of extremely strong winds and heavy rains when Typhoon Jebi made landfall. In the photo: foreign passengers sleep in banks while waiting for information at the Osaka train station

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