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Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

 A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors.

At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Officials said at least 366 were injured, five of them seriously, and about 30 people were unaccounted for after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake jolted residents from their beds at 3:08 a.m.

Nearly 3 million households were left without power by the quake — the latest in an exhausting run of natural disasters for Japan. (AP)

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Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Lights are off at central Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake jolted Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, buckling roads, knocking homes off their foundations and causing entire hillsides to collapse. (Photo: Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

This aerial photo shows the site of a landslide after an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

People wait in a long line to buy foods at a store in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

A car is seen stuck on a road damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018. (Photo: JiJi Press/AFP/Getty Images)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

This aerial photo shows houses destroyed by a landslide after an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

A worker of a restaurant near the area distributes soup following a powerful earthquake in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

This aerial photo shows thee site of landslides after an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Cars sit on a road damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Rubbles of damaged ceilings are removed at the domestic terminal of New Chitose Airport after an earthquake in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel head to the site of a landslide following a strong earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Police, in blue with yellow uniform, search for missing persons around a house destroyed by a landslide after a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)

Powerful quake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

An aerial photo shows the aftermath of a large landslide that occurred after an earthquake hit Hokkaido, Sept 6, 2018. (Photo: JiJi Press/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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