Quake hits northern Japan near major city

Strong earthquake strikes near Tomakomai in northern Japan

At least 32 people were missing and 120 were injured in Hokkaido after the magnitude 6.7 quake, NHK said.

At central Hokkaido's scenic town of Biei, residents lined up outside of supermarkets, clearing shelves of water, toilet paper and food, reported Associated Press.

Utility officials are starting up hydroelectric plants to help restart the main thermal plant, Seko said, adding that he to get power back "within a few hours".

Aerial footage showed dozens of landslides exposing barren hillsides near the town of Atsuma in southern Hokkaido, with mounds of reddish earth and toppled trees piled up at the edge of green fields.

A powerful magnitude 6.7 quake struck southeast of Sapporo, Japan, at a depth of 66 kilometres, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Wednesday.

"This decision was made upon careful evaluation of the magnitude of damages incurred, including damages to critical infrastructure such as power outages and significant transportation disruptions, as well as to ensure the security of all spectators, including the supporters of the visiting team".

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

He said Chile's team, minus the rested Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez, was in "perfect conditions" staying in a luxury hotel in Sapporo, waiting for the city's airport to reopen so they can leave.

Three reactors at the Tomari nuclear plant were offline for routine safety checks, but they are running on backup generators that kicked in after losing external power because of the island-wide blackouts, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said.

After the initial quake, an aftershock measuring 5.3 rocked the area moments later and dozens more aftershocks followed throughout the night and into the morning.

A cracked road and destroyed buildings are seen after an natural disaster in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

High winds smashed a tanker into a bridge, forced one of the country's largest airports to close and left at least 10 people dead.

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The tsunami also damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leading to a series of explosions and meltdowns that spewed radiation into the air and ocean.

The quake's epicenter was east of the city of Tomakomai.

A manhole sticks out from a destroyed road in Sapporo.

Japan's hot northern hemisphere summer also brought deadly hot temperatures and devastating downpours from moisture-laden air masses over Hiroshima.

Video cameras showed cities going dark as the quake disabled power systems, leaving almost 3 million households on the island without electricity.

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