Powerful quake hits northern Japan, at least 20 injured

  • Members of disaster countermeasures office work at Hokkaido Government in Sapporo, northern Japan Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido early Thursday. (Kyodo News via AP)

  • A police officer controls the traffic during a blackout following a strong earthquake in Sapporo, northern Japan early Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido early Thursday. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO— A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides as well as causing the loss of power at nearly all of 3 million households and a nuclear power plant to go on a backup generator.

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