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  • September 6, 2018
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All networks gave extensive top coverage to reports on a powerful earthquake that jolted southern Hokkaido in northern Japan at about 3 a.m. today. The networks said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 and a seismic intensity of upper 6 on the Japanese scale from 0 to 7. The quake cut off power to about 2.95 million households across the prefecture and caused large-scale landslides and multiple houses to collapse in the town of Atsuma, where 20 people have been reported missing. According to the networks, as of this morning, one person appears to have died and many others have been injured by the quake.


The networks also reported that Hokkaido Electric Power Co’s Tomari Nuclear Power Plant has lost its external power source due to the quake, saying that the nuclear fuel in the spent fuel pools of the plant’s three reactors is being cooled safely using an emergency power supply system.


Major front-page items in national papers included the extensive damage that Typhoon Jebi inflicted on Kansai International Airport, the official kickoff of the LDP presidential election campaign tomorrow, and a South Korean diplomatic delegation’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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