Cameras on island showed cities going dark as quake disabled power systems, leaving 3 million households without electricity

Rescuers were rushing to unearth survivors and restore power after a powerful earthquake jolted Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, buckling roads, knocking homes off their foundations and causing hillsides to collapse.

Residents in Sapporo were shaken from their beds when the magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck at 3.08am. At least seven people were confirmed dead and around 30 people were unaccounted for.

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