- The 6.7 magnitude earthquake has been recorded on Hokkaido
- A landslide has caused severe structural damage and other buildings have been affected with people trapped
- Japan Airlines has cancelled flights from Chitose Airport with damage to the terminals and trains are not running
- Approximately three million homes are without power
An earthquake hit Japan on the island of Hokkaido, near the city of Sapporo, at roughly 7pm BST.
Residents were woken by the violent shaking of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake, with landslides and building damage reported across the region, as well as blackouts.
It follows the worst typhoon to have hit Japan in 25 years which has caused airport closures and damage across Osaka.
What is the latest Travel advice and update for the country?
The advice on the Foreign Office website has not been updated in light of the recent earthquake. However, it does advise Japan is in a major earthquake zone which also increases the risk of tsunamis.
The website warns: “You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake or tsunami, and take note of instructions in hotel rooms, at train stations and on your Local prefectural website.”
One Twitter user wrote about the earthquake that they felt: “Just woke up to a pretty damn big earthquake in Sapporo. I’ve been through quite a few before and I’m shaking like a leaf right now. In fact, we’re getting an aftershock right now…”
Flights from the airport have been cancelled by the earthquake occurring 16 miles from Chitose, home to Hokkaido airport, apart from some interior damage. Trains are not currently running.
Nearly two million people live in Sapporo, with blackouts have been reported across the region, although there is no current tsunami warning.
A number of buildings have also been damaged, according to Local broadcaster NHK. Tomari Nuclear Power Plant has also been reported as safe.
A Japan Meteorological Agency official told people to avoid: “falling objects and further landslides and to stay away from dangerous areas,” on NHK News.
Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a statement according to NHK: “More than six houses have been destroyed and for landslides have been confirmed.
“The nuclear power station outside power supply has been cut and the reactors have been suspended and in stable conditions.
“Self-defence forces are on standby and fire departments and police and coastguards have been mobilised for search and rescue.”
The south of the country has suffered from Typhoon Jebi which has forced the closure and evacuation of the main airport after major damage.
Approximately 3,000 passengers were left stranded for 18 hours at the terminals without any power. It is unknown how much longer it will be closed, with approximately 400 flights per day affected.
At least ten people have died with 100 people injured in the Kansai region as violent winds of 135mph have been recorded.
What to do during an earthquake
People caught up in an earthquake should always avoid any buildings or falling debris which could be dislodged.
Aftershocks can occur for weeks after a man earthquake.
Avoiding beaches and coastlines are also advised as tsunamis and flooding can occur afterwards.
Open flames should also be avoided as earthquakes can damage gas lines.
Source : EXPRESS