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北海道胆振東部地震 北海道で初の最大震度7

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(earth)quake
地震
landslide
土砂崩れ
blackout
停電(後出 power outage も同意、knock out power は停電を引き起こす、rolling blackout は計画停電)
rock
揺り動かす(後出 shaking は揺れ)
trigger
引き起こす
crush
押し潰す
strike (→ struck)
襲う(写真説明の (be) hit by ~は~に襲われる)
epicenter
震央
buckle
崩す
suffer
経験する
seismic intensity scale
震度計
massive
大規模な
engulf
飲み込む
troop
自衛隊員のこと
personnel
人員
dispatch
派遣する
extensive
広範囲の
thermal power plant
火力発電所
(be) restored
復旧する
Houses hit by a landslide are seen in Atsuma, Hokkaido, on Sept. 6. (Mainichi)

Quake in Hokkaido causes landslides, blackout   

A powerful earthquake rocked Hokkaido early on Sept. 6, triggering landslides that crushed homes and knocking out power.

The magnitude 6.7 quake struck southern Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. The epicenter was east of Tomakomai, but the shaking also buckled roads and damaged homes in Sapporo.

It was the first time Hokkaido suffered a quake measuring a 7 on the seismic intensity scale. Forty people were confirmed dead as of Sept. 10. In the town of Atsuma, a massive landslide engulfed homes.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said that 25,000 troops and other personnel would be dispatched to the area to help with rescue operations.

Power was knocked out for 2.95 million households. The extensive power outage was caused by a shutdown of the main thermal power plant at Tomato-Atsuma that supplies half of Hokkaido's electricity.

Power was mostly restored on Sept. 8. But the central government is calling for saving power by 20 percent, and it may plan rolling blackouts. (Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)

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